- Like to thank Dr. Veith and the committee for asking me to speak. I have no conflicts related to this presentation. Labial and vulvar varicosities occur in up to 10% of pregnant women, with the worst symptoms being manifested in the second half of the pregnancy.
Symptoms include genital pressure and fullness, pruritus, and a sensation of prolapse. These generally worsen with standing. Management is usually conservative. Between compression hose, cooling packs, and exercise, most women can make it through to the end of the pregnancy.
When should we do more than just reassure these women? An ultrasound should be performed when there's an early presentation, meaning in the first trimester, as this can be an unmasking of a venous malformation. If there are unilateral varicosities,
an ultrasound should be performed to make sure that these aren't due to iliac vein thrombosis. If there's superficial thrombosis or phlebitis, you may need to rule out deep venous extension with an ultrasound. When should we intervene?
You may need to intervene to release trapped blood in phlebitis, or to give low molecular weight heparin for comfort. When should a local phlebectomy or sclerotherapy be performed? Should sclerotherapy be performed during pregnancy?
We know very little. Occasionally, this is performed in a patient who is unknowingly pregnant, and there have been no clear complications from this in the literature. The effectiveness of sclero may also
be diminished in pregnancy, due to hormones and increased venous volume. Both polidocanol and sodium tetradecyl sulfate say that there is no support for use during pregnancies, and they advise against it. So what should you do?
This following case is a 24 year old G2P1, who was referred to me at 24 weeks for disabling vaginal and pelvic discomfort. She couldn't go to work, she couldn't take care of her toddler, she had some left leg complaints, but it was mostly genital discomfort and fullness,
and her OB said that he was going to do a pre-term C-section because he was worried about the risk of hemorrhage with the delivery. So this is her laying supine pre-op, and this is her left leg with varicosities visible in the anterior and posterior aspects.
Her ultrasound showed open iliac veins and large refluxing varicosities in the left vulvar area. She had no venous malformation or clot, and she had reflux in the saphenofemoral junction and down the GSV. I performed a phlebectomy on her,
and started with an ultrasound mapping of her superficial veins and perforators in the labial region. I made small incision with dissection and tie ligation of all the varicosities and perforators, and this was done under local anesthesia
with minimal sedation in the operating room. This resulted in vastly improved comfort, and her anxiety, and her OB's anxiety were both decreased, and she went on to a successful delivery. So this diagram shows the usual location of the labial perforators.
Here she is pre-op, and then here she is a week post-op. Well, what about postpartum varicosities? These can be associated with pelvic congestion, and the complaints can often be split into local, meaning surface complaints, versus pelvic complaints.
And this leads into a debate between a top down treatment approach, where you go in and do a venogram and internal coiling, versus a bottom up approach, where you start with local therapy, such as phlebectomy or sclero.
Pelvic symptoms include aching and pressure in the pelvis. These are usually worse with menstruation, and dyspareunia is most pronounced after intercourse, approximately an hour to several hours later. Surface complaints include vulvar itching, tenderness, recurrent thrombophlebitis, or bleeding.
Dyspareunia is present during or at initiation of sexual intercourse. I refer to this as the Gibson Algorithm, as Kathy Gibson and I have talked about this problem a lot, and this is how we both feel that these problems should be addressed.
If you have an asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic patient who's referred for varicosities that are seen incidentally, such as during a laparoscopy, those I don't treat. If you have a symptomatic patient who has pelvic symptoms, then these people get a venogram with coils and sclerotherapy as appropriate.
If they are not pregnant, and have no pelvic symptoms, these patients get sclero. If they are pregnant, and have no pelvic symptoms, they get a phlebectomy. In conclusion, vulvar varicosities are a common problem, and usually conservative management is adequate.
With extreme symptoms, phlebectomy has been successful. Pregnancy-related varicosities typically resolve post-delivery, and these can then be treated with local sclerotherapy if they persist. Central imaging and treatment is successful for primarily pelvic complaints or persistent symptoms.
- So I'm just going to talk a little bit about what's new in our practice with regard to first rib resection. In particular, we've instituted the use of a 30 degree laparoscopic camera at times to better visualize the structures. I will give you a little bit of a update
about our results and then I'll address very briefly some controversies. Dr. Gelbart and Chan from Hong Kong and UCLA have proposed and popularized the use of a 30 degree laparoscopic camera for a better visualization of the structures
and I'll show you some of those pictures. From 2007 on, we've done 125 of these procedures. We always do venography first including intervascular intervention to open up the vein, and then a transaxillary first rib resection, and only do post-operative venography if the vein reclots.
So this is a 19 year old woman who's case I'm going to use to illustrate our approach. She developed acute onset left arm swelling, duplex and venogram demonstrated a collusion of the subclavian axillary veins. Percutaneous mechanical thrombectomy
and then balloon angioplasty were performed with persistent narrowing at the thoracic outlet. So a day later, she was taken to the operating room, a small incision made in the axilla, we air interiorly to avoid injury to the long thoracic nerve.
As soon as you dissect down to the chest wall, you can identify and protect the vein very easily. I start with electrocautery on the peripheral margin of the rib, and use that to start both digital and Matson elevator dissection of the periosteum pleura
off the first rib, and then get around the anterior scalene muscle under direct visualization with a right angle and you can see that the vein and the artery are identified and easily protected. Here's the 30 degree laparoscopic image
of getting around the anterior scalene muscle and performing the electrocautery and you can see the pulsatile vein up here anterior and superficial to the anterior scalene muscle. Here is a right angle around the first rib to make sure there are no structures
including the pleura still attached to it. I always divide, or try to divide, the posterior aspect of the rib first because I feel like then I can manipulate the ribs superiorly and inferiorly, and get the rib shears more anterior for the anterior cut
because that's most important for decompressing the vein. Again, here's the 30 degree laparoscopic view of the rib shears performing first the posterior cut, there and then the anterior cut here. The portion of rib is removed, and you can see both the artery and the vein
are identified and you can confirm that their decompressed. We insufflate with water or saline, and then perform valsalva to make sure that they're hasn't been any pneumothorax, and then after putting a drain in,
I actually also turn the patient supine before extirpating them to make sure that there isn't a pneumothorax on chest x-ray. You can see the Jackson-Pratt drain in the left axilla. One month later, duplex shows a patent vein. So we've had pretty good success with this approach.
23 patients have requires post operative reintervention, but no operative venous reconstruction or bypass has been performed, and 123 out of 125 axillosubclavian veins have been patent by duplex at last follow-up. A brief comment on controversies,
first of all, the surgical approach we continue to believe that a transaxillary approach is cosmetically preferable and just as effective as a paraclavicular or anterior approach, and we have started being more cautious
about postoperative anticoagulation. So we've had three patients in that series that had to go back to the operating room for washout of hematoma, one patient who actually needed a VATS to treat a hemathorax,
and so in recent times we've been more cautious. In fact 39 patients have been discharged only with oral antiplatelet therapy without any plan for definitive therapeutic anticoagulation and those patients have all done very well. Obviously that's contraindicated in some cases
of a preoperative PE, or hematology insistence, or documented hypercoagulability and we've also kind of included that, the incidence of postop thrombosis of the vein requiring reintervention, but a lot of patients we think can be discharged
on just antiplatelets. So again, our approach to this is a transaxillary first rib resection after a venogram and a vascular intervention. We think this cosmetically advantageous. Surgical venous reconstruction has not been required
in any case, and we've incorporated the use of a 30 degree laparoscopic camera for better intraoperative visualization, thanks.
- Thank you. I have two talks because Dr. Gaverde, I understand, is not well, so we- - [Man] Thank you very much. - We just merged the two talks. All right, it's a little joke. For today's talk we used fusion technology
to merge two talks on fusion technology. Hopefully the rest of the talk will be a little better than that. (laughs) I think we all know from doing endovascular aortic interventions
that you can be fooled by the 2D image and here's a real life view of how that can be an issue. I don't think I need to convince anyone in this room that 3D fusion imaging is essential for complex aortic work. Studies have clearly shown it decreases radiation,
it decreases fluoro time, and decreases contrast use, and I'll just point out that these data are derived from the standard mechanical based systems. And I'll be talking about a cloud-based system that's an alternative that has some advantages. So these traditional mechanical based 3D fusion images,
as I mentioned, do have some limitations. First of all, most of them require manual registration which can be cumbersome and time consuming. Think one big issue is the hardware based tracking system that they use. So they track the table rather than the patient
and certainly, as the table moves, and you move against the table, the patient is going to move relative to the table, and those images become unreliable. And then finally, the holy grail of all 3D fusion imaging is the distortion of pre-operative anatomy
by the wires and hardware that are introduced during the course of your procedure. And one thing I'd like to discuss is the possibility that deep machine learning might lead to a solution to these issues. How does 3D fusion, image-based 3D fusion work?
Well, you start, of course with your pre-operative CT dataset and then you create digitally reconstructed radiographs, which are derived from the pre-op CTA and these are images that resemble the fluoro image. And then tracking is done based on the identification
of two or more vertebral bodies and an automated algorithm matches the most appropriate DRR to the live fluoro image. Sounds like a lot of gobbledygook but let me explain how that works. So here is the AI machine learning,
matching what it recognizes as the vertebral bodies from the pre-operative CT scan to the fluoro image. And again, you get the CT plus the fluoro and then you can see the overlay with the green. And here's another version of that or view of that.
You can see the AI machine learning, identifying the vertebral bodies and then on your right you can see the fusion image. So just, once again, the AI recognizes the bony anatomy and it's going to register the CT with the fluoro image. It tracks the patient, not the table.
And the other thing that's really important is that it recognizes the postural change that the patient undergoes between the posture during the CT scan, versus the posture on the OR table usually, or often, under general anesthesia. And here is an image of the final overlay.
And you can see the visceral and renal arteries with orange circles to identify them. You can remove those, you can remove any of those if you like. This is the workflow. First thing you do is to upload the CT scan to the cloud.
Then, when you're ready to perform the procedure, that is downloaded onto the medical grade PC that's in your OR next to your fluoro screen, and as soon as you just step on the fluoro pedal, the CYDAR overlay appears next to your, or on top of your fluoro image,
next to your regular live fluoro image. And every time you move the table, the computer learning recognizes that the images change, and in a couple of seconds, it replaces with a new overlay based on the obliquity or table position that you have. There are some additional advantages
to cloud-based technology over mechanical technology. First of all, of course, or hardware type technology. Excuse me. You can upgrade it in real time as opposed to needing intermittent hardware upgrades. Works with any fluoro equipment, including a C-arm,
so you don't have to match your 3D imaging to the brand of your fluoro imaging. And there's enhanced accuracy compared to mechanical registration systems as imaging. So what are the clinical applications that this can be utilized for?
Fluoroscopy guided endovascular procedures in the lower thorax, abdomen, and pelvis, so that includes EVAR and FEVAR, mid distal TEVAR. At present, we do need two vertebral bodies and that does limit the use in TEVAR. And then angioplasty stenting and embolization
of common iliac, proximal external and proximal internal iliac artery. Anything where you can acquire a vertebral body image. So here, just a couple of examples of some additional non EVAR/FEVAR/TEVAR applications. This is, these are some cases
of internal iliac embolization, aortoiliac occlusion crossing, standard EVAR, complex EVAR. And I think then, that the final thing that I'd like to talk about is the use with C-arm, which is think is really, extremely important.
Has the potential to make a very big difference. All of us in our larger OR suites, know that we are short on hybrid availability, and yet it's difficult to get our institutions to build us another hybrid room. But if you could use a high quality 3D fusion imaging
with a high quality C-arm, you really expand your endovascular capability within the operating room in a much less expensive way. And then if you look at another set of circumstances where people don't have a hybrid room at all, but do want to be able to offer standard EVAR
to their patients, and perhaps maybe even basic FEVAR, if there is such a thing, and we could use good quality imaging to do that in the absence of an actual hybrid room. That would be extremely valuable to be able to extend good quality care
to patients in under-served areas. So I just was mentioning that we can use this and Tara Mastracci was talking yesterday about how happy she is with her new room where she has the use of CYDAR and an excellent C-arm and she feels that she is able to essentially run two rooms,
two hybrid rooms at once, using the full hybrid room and the C-arm hybrid room. Here's just one case of Dr. Goverde's. A vascular case that he did on a mobile C-arm with aortoiliac occlusive disease and he places kissing stents
using a CYDAR EV and a C-arm. And he used five mils of iodinated contrast. So let's talk about a little bit of data. This is out of Blain Demorell and Tara Mastrachi's group. And this is use of fusion technology in EVAR. And what they found was that the use of fusion imaging
reduced air kerma and DSA runs in standard EVAR. We also looked at our experience recently in EVAR and FEVAR and we compared our results. Pre-availability of image based fusion CT and post image based fusion CT. And just to clarify,
we did have the mechanical product that Phillip's offers, but we abandoned it after using it a half dozen times. So it's really no image fusion versus image fusion to be completely fair. We excluded patients that were urgent/emergent, parallel endographs, and IBEs.
And we looked at radiation exposure, contrast use, fluoro time, and procedure time. The demographics in the two groups were identical. We saw a statistically significant decrease in radiation dose using image based fusion CT. Statistically a significant reduction in fluoro time.
A reduction in contrast volume that looks significant, but was not. I'm guessing because of numbers. And a significantly different reduction in procedure time. So, in conclusion, image based 3D fusion CT decreases radiation exposure, fluoro time,
and procedure time. It does enable 3D overlays in all X-Ray sets, including mobile C-arm, expanding our capabilities for endovascular work. And image based 3D fusion CT has the potential to reduce costs
and improve clinical outcomes. Thank you.
- Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to thank Professor Veith for his kind invitation. A minimally invasive carotid endarterectomy. I have nothing to disclose. Here you can see the same patient operating with the classic carotid endarterectomy with normal incision and on the other side,
you will see the patient, the same patient after the minimal incision carotid endarterectomy. So ladies and gentlemen, if one can safely perform carotid endarterectomy by minimal incision, let's do it routinely. The technique of minimal incision carotid endarterectomy.
The incision must be done over a carotid bifurcation. In slim patient, it is easy to determine the location just by the palpation. By routinely, I advise to mark bifurcation by using ultrasound. Reaching the artery by tissue separation
along the border of sternocleidomastoid muscle. Once the artery is visualized, apply the vessel loop on the external carotid artery. If it is needed, on the thyroid artery. Pulling the external carotid artery vessel loop up to the opposite side,
and releasing posterior part of bifurcation enables visualization and applying vessel loop on the common carotid artery, about 15 millimeter down the bifurcation. Pulling the external carotid artery vessel loop down into the opposite side reveals anterior and posterior
portion of internal carotid artery. What is the most important? The vessel loop on the internal carotid artery must be located above atherosclerotic plague. Temporary clamping of internal carotid artery for 30 seconds should show if the shunt is needed.
If there is no neurological signs, we continue pulling all vessel loops to elevate the artery to the level of the skin. Typically, longitudinal incision from common carotid artery to internal carotid artery is performed. The main important maneuver
that led to perform this operation correctly and safely, this is eversion-like movement. After arteriotomy, I squeeze the artery, internal carotid artery, usually on the level of the end of the atherosclerotic plague, usually using the forceps.
I make eversion-like movement. This led me easily and safely remove that atherosclerotic plague from the internal carotid artery. Always allow one two second backflow from internal carotid artery
to remove potential debris by the blood flow. The same, unclamping common carotid artery for a short period of time to remove potential debris from the proximal part. Should a shunt be indicated, it is easy and quick to insert.
As a first step, the shunt is inserted into internal carotid artery. It is necessary to slightly loosen internal carotid vessel loop. In the same way, I put the shunt into the common carotid artery if it is needed.
Continued suture usually close the arteriotomy. If the diameter of the internal carotid artery is smaller than two millimeter, artificial patch can be easily used. Redon drainage is always used. I make another small incision for the Redon drain
due to very, very small incision for endarterectomy. And continued suture usually closes the wound for good cosmetical effort. Here, you can see the operation step-by-step. What I will now emphasize this group of patient.
This is symptomatic patient with a very soft atherosclerotic plague. In this series, our experience. This is 165 patients allocated into two groups. 122 patients in the minimal incision carotid endarterectomy group,
and 43 patients in classic endarterectomy group. Patients randomly allocated. Here, you can see the results three months, up to three months results. I will like to emphasize there were no nerve injury. Hoarseness and shunt was used in 12%
in minimal incision carotid endarterectomy group. Here, you can see in the first and second column, the results up to September 2017. Third and fourth column, the results up to September 2018. Here you can see some examples. Here you will see some more examples.
Here you will see the scar that is after the operation. So nearly no limitation in neck movement, quick wound healing, short hospital stay, and perfect cosmetic effect. So to conclude, ladies and gentlemen, this is the low risk operation.
This is the operation of quick recovery. Precautions and contraindication, according to my experience seems to be same as for classic carotid endarterectomy. Of course, further study is required. Minimal incision, I also used during the
aortobifemoral and femoropopliteal operations. I hope to show it next year. Ladies and gentlemen, when I was a young surgeon, it was said that big surgeon, big incision. I'd rather suggest, good surgeon should try to make the smallest incision possible.
Data and presented technique will be published. Thank you very much for your attention.
- I think by definition this whole session today has been about challenging vascular access cases. Here's my disclosures. I went into vascular surgery, I think I made the decision when I was either a fourth year medical student or early on in internship because
what intrigued me the most was that it seemed like vascular surgeons were only limited by their imagination in what we could do to help our patients and I think these access challenges are perfect examples of this. There's going to be a couple talks coming up
about central vein occlusion so I won't be really touching on that. I just have a couple of examples of what I consider challenging cases. So where do the challenges exist? Well, first, in creating an access,
we may have a challenge in trying to figure out what's going to be the best new access for a patient who's not ever had one. Then we are frequently faced with challenges of re-establishing an AV fistula or an AV graft for a patient.
This may be for someone who's had a complication requiring removal of their access, or the patient who was fortunate to get a transplant but then ended up with a transplant rejection and now you need to re-establish access. There's definitely a lot of clinical challenges
maintaining access: Treating anastomotic lesions, cannulation zone lesions, and venous outflow pathology. And we just heard a nice presentation about some of the complications of bleeding, infection, and ischemia. So I'll just start with a case of a patient
who needed to establish access. So this is a 37-year-old African-American female. She's got oxygen-dependent COPD and she's still smoking. Her BMI is 37, she's left handed, she has diabetes, and she has lupus. Her access to date - now she's been on hemodialysis
for six months, all through multiple tunneled catheters that have been repeatedly having to be removed for infection and she was actually transferred from one of our more rural hospitals into town because she had a infected tunneled dialysis catheter in her femoral region.
She had been deemed a very poor candidate for an AV fistula or AV graft because of small veins. So the challenges - she is morbidly obese, she needs immediate access, and she has suboptimal anatomy. So our plan, again, she's left handed. We decided to do a right upper extremity graft
but the plan was to first explore her axillary vein and do a venogram. So in doing that, we explored her axillary vein, did a venogram, and you can see she's got fairly extensive central vein disease already. Now, she had had multiple catheters.
So this is a venogram through a 5-French sheath in the brachial vein in the axilla, showing a diffusely diseased central vein. So at this point, the decision was made to go ahead and angioplasty the vein with a 9-millimeter balloon through a 9-French sheath.
And we got a pretty reasonable result to create venous outflow for our planned graft. You can see in the image there, for my venous outflow I've placed a Gore Hybrid graft and extended that with a Viabahn to help support the central vein disease. And now to try and get rid of her catheters,
we went ahead and did a tapered 4-7 Acuseal graft connected to the brachial artery in the axilla. And we chose the taper mostly because, as you can see, she has a pretty small high brachial artery in her axilla. And then we connected the Acuseal graft to the other end of the Gore Hybrid graft,
so at least in the cannulation zone we have an immediate cannualation graft. And this is the venous limb of the graft connected into the Gore hybrid graft, which then communicates directly into the axillary vein and brachiocephalic vein.
So we were able to establish a graft for this patient that could be used immediately, get rid of her tunneled catheter. Again, the challenges were she's morbidly obese, she needs immediate access, and she has suboptimal anatomy, and the solution was a right upper arm loop AV graft
with an early cannulation segment to immediately get rid of her tunneled catheter. Then we used the Gore Hybrid graft with the 9-millimeter nitinol-reinforced segment to help deal with the preexisting venous outflow disease that she had, and we were able to keep this patient
free of a catheter with a functioning access for about 13 months. So here's another case. This is in a steal patient, so I think it's incredibly important that every patient that presents with access-induced ischemia to have a complete angiogram
of the extremity to make sure they don't have occult inflow disease, which we occasionally see. So this patient had a functioning upper arm graft and developed pretty severe ischemic pain in her hand. So you can see, here's the graft, venous outflow, and she actually has,
for the steal patients we see, she actually had pretty decent flow down her brachial artery and radial and ulnar artery even into the hand, even with the graft patent, which is usually not the case. In fact, we really challenged the diagnosis of ischemia for quite some time, but the pressures that she had,
her digital-brachial index was less than 0.5. So we went ahead and did a drill. We've tried to eliminate the morbidity of the drill bit - so we now do 100% of our drills when we're going to use saphenous vein with endoscopic vein harvest, which it's basically an outpatient procedure now,
and we've had very good success. And here you can see the completion angiogram and just the difference in her hand perfusion. And then the final case, this is a patient that got an AV graft created at the access center by an interventional nephrologist,
and in the ensuing seven months was treated seven different times for problems, showed up at my office with a cold blue hand. When we duplexed her, we couldn't see any flow beyond the AV graft anastomosis. So I chose to do a transfemoral arteriogram
and what you can see here, she's got a completely dissected subclavian axillary artery, and this goes all the way into her arterial anastomosis. So this is all completely dissected from one of her interventions at the access center. And this is the kind of case that reminded me
of one of my mentors, Roger Gregory. He used to say, "I don't wan "I just want out of the trap." So what we ended up doing was, I actually couldn't get into the true lumen from antegrade, so I retrograde accessed
her brachial artery and was able to just re-establish flow all the way down. I ended up intentionally covering the entry into her AV graft to get that out of the circuit and just recover her hand, and she's actually been catheter-dependent ever since
because she really didn't want to take any more chances. Thank you very much.
- I do have to disclose that I am a little double booked and have a talk at 2:10 at the job fair so I won't be able to stick around to see who won the debate. Here are my disclosures. They haven't changed. Again, I come from Harborview Medical Center
at the University of Washington where we cover a very large geographic distribution and see a lot of patients presenting with a model of pure catastrophic hemorrhage ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm. So several risk scores have been developed
to predict mortality after ruptured AAA repair. The Glasgow Aneurysm Score, the Hardman Index, the Vancouver Score, the Edinburgh Ruptured Aneurysm Score, and the VSGNE Ruptured Aneurysm Score. But these scores have differing levels of clinical utility. The Glasgow Score is not predictive in the Endo Era.
It was developed a long time ago. The Hardman and Glasgow Index failed to predict mortality in the highest risk populations. The VSGNE Score although a good score has been validated in the Endo Era but includes intraoperative variables.
Therefore limiting its use in the preoperative setting. We sought to develop a practical, clinically relevant, preoperative ruptured AAA mortality risk score to aid in the clinical decision making in the Endo Era and before the operation is considered. This article was published last month
as the Editor's Choice in the Journal of Vascular Surgery. The predictors of 30 day mortality are listed here. This is from both univariate and multivariate analysis and looking at over 300 patients presenting with ruptured AAA in our institution. And those variables are as follows,
age greater than 76, a creatinine concentration of greater than two milligrams per deciliter, a systolic blood pressure ever below 70 millimeters mercury and this is the one that's hardest to obtain, but a serum pH of less than 7.2. This is directly from the Journal of Vascular Surgery,
but you can see that if you had one point for one of those factors, your 30 day mortality was 22%. Two points, 69%. Three points, 80% mortality. And four points, 100% mortality in our institution. This is the prediction of 30 day survival after EVAR.
You can see for the patients that had zero, one, two, three and four points, if you had four points and underwent an EVAR your mortality risk was 100%. Same for open repair, a little bit more in terms of mortality upfront. And when we look at multivariate logistic regression,
the factor that stood out the most and had the highest odds ration was creatinine greater that 2.0. We've long known this as vascular surgeons. We've known that creatinine greater than two, triples operative mortality after even open elective repair.
I'm going to flip to the mortality predicted by the preoperative risk score. You can see here are the scores and the odds ratios. And when we look at our score compared to all other scores, the Robinson, Glasgow and Edinburg Scores had a area under the curve of .64.
Our area under the curve was .82 which is highly predictive of futility. I want to provide for you an anecdote. This was a few weeks ago when I was on call, I had a call that a ruptured AAA was coming in from Yakima, Washington and I had accepted the patient.
The patient was an 87 year old. His systolic blood pressure was over 70. Creatinine was normal and his serum pH was 7.24. So he only had one risk factor for mortality. So we would clearly accept this patient and offer repair. I then got a call from the ER about 45 minutes later
saying we have a patient that presented with a ruptured AAA. I said, "I know, I already heard about that patient. "I accepted him." They said no, this is a totally different patient. This patient is 76, he's hypotensive
with a blood pressure less than 50. And I asked the question, "What's his creatinine "and his serum pH?" Creatinine was 2.7 and his serum pH was 7.1. So we had a choice to make. Do we fix the 87 year old or do we try and go
for fixing the 76 year old who had all four risk factors. We said to the family that this 76 year old had a 100% risk of death. We fixed the 87 year old, he survived and was discharged on postoperative day number two. After talking with the family for the 76 year old male,
he died in the ER 21 minutes later. We have published this mortality risk score in our textbook, the only textbook of its kind, The Ruptured Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, The Definitive Manual and I thank Dr. Veith for the privilege of the podium.
Thank you, Dr. Veith.
- Thank you very much. I take over the presentation from Thomas Larzon, we, and different other people have the same approach to a ruptured triple A, trying to extend the advantages we have seen now, of an EVAR procedure in patients with inadequate anatomy, and to extend the limitation,
to patients with the less favorable anatomy. So, the concept of a ruptured EVAR has been already proven, with good research of three years, and I will build up, Thomas built up this presentation, on our so common experience that we published for fourteen years experience of two university centers,
performing EVAR on 100% of ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms, over a 32 months period. So what we can see, is on the right side, this was the period where a part of the patient was treated by EVAR,
and the one that had not favorable anatomy were opened. On the left side, there is EVAR only, this a period 2009 to 11, you can see the effect of this change, is the operative cohort mortality moved from 26 to 24%, and total cohort mortality,
including to exclude the patient that are on feet, reduced from 33 to 27%. What changed also, is the protocol for anesthesia, so from a few patients that were treated under local anesthesia, actually, there are very few patients treated
just with general anesthesia primarily. What changed is the rejection rate, decreased from 10% to 4%, the age of the population treated increased, the part of women treated increased by 10%, and the amount of patients that are instable,
and treated, increased too. So, how to extend the limitation, the one is by using parallel grafts, or on table physician modified, extend graft to achieve what Benjamin does in his practice, a good seal proximal,
this is a three parallel graft, that worked very well. The other option, is to use Onyx for the distal landing zone, this is a technique that Thomas does use more liberally than we,
but is a good solution for patients where an IBD, for example, would not be possible, it doesn't require any special catheter, there is no contraindications due to tortuosity, and sealing is immediately obtained. Here, an example,
the aortoiliac, the main trunk, has been deployed here, then a (mumbles), the iliac extension is parked, can be deployed later, and as a Buddy catheter,
you can take a Bernstein catheter, you just position it in the origin of the hypogastric, or in the common iliac artery. Then, you deploy the distal extension, there is no more flow, slowly you'll stepwise,
5-10cc of Onyx can be applied, this allows to preserve the distal perfusion of the hypogastric, and to seal it. Sealing can also, with Onyx, can also be used in the proximal landing zone, there are two options,
here, the option with an instable patient that gets two parallel graphs with the remaining type 1 endoleak, you introduce your catheter through the leak, or the catheter inside the sack that is perfused, step wise, you will apply your Onyx.
Here, in another patient, of our experience, this is a suprarenal arteries after a triple A repair with EVAR that comes with the rupture, we combined here a chimney for the SMA, with a double brach device from Biotech,
deploy this, and you can see here there will be some leak. So, three days later, because the leak didn't have to do coagulation correct, once correct it didn't seal, we just very selectively, improvised with Onyx, the gap,
this is a three months outcome. Then, here a case of some Post EVAR with a type 1A endoleak, to extend this on the visceral aorta would have been very complex, this is why doctor Larson decided here just
to fill the whole sac with 60cc of Onyx, which worked very well. So, in Orebro, you can see that the 30-day mortality is 27%, the 90-day mortality is 30%, then the whole cohort,
including the 10% that have been excluded, has a mortality of 37 and 34%. From the different factor that was significant, you can see that local anesthesia works good, Aortic Balloon Occlusion works good, mortality in patients
with abdominal compartment syndrome is increased, mortality of patients in shock is increased, and finally, the mortality of patients having this adjunct procedure is not significantly increased, this holds true for the long-term outcomes.
So, we can see that by using adjuncts, every patient with a ruptured triple A can be offered an EVAR, eventually as a bridging procedure, chimney grafts can extend landing zones, Onyx can offer additional sealing options,
and valid long-term results for adjuncts has been proven. Thank you very much for your attention.
- Thank you very much, so my disclosures, I'm one of the co-PIs for national registry for ANARI. And clearly venous clot is different, requires different solutions for the arterial system. So this is a device that was built ground up to work in the venous system. And here's a case presentation of a 53 year old male,
with a history of spondylolisthesis had a lumbar inner body fusion, he had an anterior approach and corpectomy with application of an inner body cage. And you can see these devices here. And notably he had application of local bone graft and bone powder
and this is part of what happened to this patient. About seven days later he came in with significant left leg swelling and venous duplex showed clot right here, and this extended all the way down to the tibial vessels. And if you look at the CT
you can see extravasation of that bone powder and material obstructing the left iliac vein. And had severe leg swelling so the orthopedic people didn't want us to use TPA in this patient so we considered a mechanical solution. And so at this day and age I think goals of intervention
should be to maximize clot removal of course and minimize bleeding risk and reduce the treatment or infusion time and go to single session therapy whenever possible. Our ICUs are full all the time and so putting a lytic patient in there
reduces our ability to get other patients in. (mouse clicks So this is the ClotTriever thrombectomy device. It has a sheath that is a 13 French sheath and they're developing a 16 French, that opens up with a funnel
after it's inserted into the poplitiel. So the funnel is in the lower femoral vein and this helps funnel clot in when it's pulled down. The catheter has this coring element that abuts the vein wall and carves the thrombus off in a collecting bag
that extends up above to allow the thrombus to go into the bag as you pull it down. So you access the popliteal vein, cross the thrombosed segments with standard techniques and you need to then put an exchange length wire up into the SVC
or even out into the subclavian vein for stability. And then the catheter's inserted above the clot and is gradually pulled down, sort of milking that stuff off of the wall and into the bag that is then taken down to the funnel and out of the leg.
So this is the patient we had, we had thrombus in the femoral and up into the IVC. Extensive, you can see the hardware here. And it was very obstructed right at that segment where it was, had the bone material pushing on the vein it was quite difficult to get through there
but finally we did and we ballooned that to open a channel up large enough to accommodate ClotTriever catheter. We then did multiple passes and we extracted a large amount of thrombus. Some looking like typically acute stuff
and then some more dense material that may have been a few days worth of build up on the wall there. We then stinted with an 18 by 90 across the obstructed segment and this was our completion run.
It's not perfect but it looks like a pretty good channel going through. This is the hardware not obstruction at that level. Hospital course, the patient had significant improvement in their swelling by post-op day one. Was discharged on compression and anti-coagulation.
He returned about two months ago for his three month follow-up and really had very minimal symptoms in the left leg. Venous duplex showed that the left common femoral was partially compressible but did have phasic flow and the stent appeared to be open through it's course.
So of course this is an anecdote, this is early in the experience with this catheter. There have been numerous improvements made to ease the use of it and do it in fewer steps. And so we're starting a ClotTriever outcomes registry
to enroll up to 500 patients to begin to define outcomes with this device. It does offer the promise of single session therapy without lytic administration and we'll see how it performs and which patients it works best in through the registry.
Thank you very much.
- I'd like to thank Larry and John for the opportunity to speak today. This really is kind of an exciting time in Vascular Access 'cause you know this whole session's devoted to all the new tools and technologies, and they're really a lot of different options
that are available to us now to create functioning fistulas in patients. Those are my disclosures. I just want to mention one thing, when I was asked to give this talk, the name of the device was the Everlink device then,
and that was first developed by TBA Medical at Austin, Texas. Eventually the company was bought by Bard, and then Beckett Dickinson bought Bard, and then they changed the name of the device to the WaveLinq device,
just so that we're all on the same page here. The basic gyst of this system basically it's a two-catheter system, it involves punctures in the brachial artery and brachial vein above the elbow over wires, the catheters are then aligned
in the ulnar artery and ulnar vein. The venous catheter has an RF electrode on it, the arterial component has a ceramic foot plate, and there's rare earth magnets in the catheters that help them align in the artery and vein. They'll coapt, you deploy the foot plate,
and then you fire the RF energy from the RF generator, and the RF energy then creates a four millimeter hole between the artery and vein. This is just what it looks like under fluoroscopy, this is the arterial catheter going in here's the footplate here
this is the venous catheter then being directed and you can see the magnets on these they look like Lincoln Logs they'll kind of line up. You rotate the catheters 'til the foot plate aligns, you do some flyovers with the II make sure everything's lined up,
and then you create the fistula with the RF energy. Then this is just what Fistulagram looks like once the fistula's created. At the completion of that, for this device we then place coils, occluding coils, in the deep vein which was just beyond the sheath
where we accessed the brachial vein. And by putting those plugs in there, coils in there, It helps to direct the flow up to through the superficial veins which we cannulated for dialysis, and much like the other device
that Dr. Malia was talking before, this creates essentially a split vein fistula, it's going to mature both the cephalic and basilic if those veins are available through that from the perforator coming on out. This is just what it looks like you know,
this was in some early studies in the animal model, you can see that it creates exactly a four millimeter hole between the artery and vein. Eventually this will re-endothelialize they had endothelialization at 30 days. So really the nice thing about it is
it standardizes the size of the arteriotomy because it makes exactly a four millimeter fistula. Now, as I mention this is created at the level of the ulnar artery and ulnar vein, so the requirements basically to do this you need a adequate size obviously ulnar artery and vein,
but the big component is to have that adequate perforator vein that's going to help feed the superficial veins to mature that fistula. And then it's just creating a side to side fistula between the ulnar artery and vein.
This is just a composite of all the data that's been collected on the device so far so this is what the global registry looks like. The FLEX study was kind of the first studies in man. The NEAT trial was run in the Canada and the UK, that was one of the earlier trials.
Then there's a post-market registry, uh, in Europe that's being run now. The EASE trial is the trial with the Four French device and I'll share a little bit about that at one of the slides at the end. But basically pull all the data from this
there's almost 157 patients that they collected data on. And, you can see that with this the primary patency, or the primary patency's on at 75 percent, and the accumulative patency's almost 80 percent, and then the number of fistulas that were cannulated at six months successfully with two needles was 75 percent.
If you look at some of the interventions that've had to be done it really seems to be a lower number of interventions that have to be done to get a mature functioning fistula, uh, using this device. I just want to point out a couple things on this slide,
there was never any requirement for angioplasty at the uh, the ulnar artery the ulnar vein anastomosis, and there was, you know, with these embolizations that were performed, 12 of these were performed on patients prior to incorporating that into the procedure itself,
so right now in the IFU it says that the deep veins should be coiled to help direct that flow up into the superficial veins. Now as, uh, was alluded to earlier with the Ellipsys device this kind of falls somewhere between, uh, the radiocephalic fistula and a brachiocephalic fistula,
and again comparing these two devices basically you're creating, this is the Ellipsys device is radial-radial, and this device is really ulnar-ulnar, but again you're creating that split-flow fistula it's going to allow flow both up
into the basilic and cephalic veins. So, where can this be used? It can be used for primary access creation so that's the first option to provide a patient with a functioning fistula. It can be a secondary option to radiocephalic fistula,
or those that have failed the radiocephalic fistula, and it also is an alternative to surgery so there are patients that may not want to have open surgery to have a fistula created, and this obviously provides an option for those patients. In the UK now they're using it to condition veins,
so they'll create the fistula hoping to condition the cephalic and basilic veins to allow them to become usable for dialysis, and they're also using it in patients that have no superficial veins actually using it to mature the brachial vein
or the deeper veins, uh, and then superficializing the brachial vein to create a native fistula for patients who don't have adequate superficial veins. Now I mentioned the Four French device and what the Four French device allows is basically access
from a lot of different points. So now because it's a smaller device, we can place it, if the vein and artery are large enough, it can be placed at the wrists, so radial-radial fistula, so you come in from the wrist, put both catheters up, create the fistula at the radial-radial,
you can do it from the ulnar-ulnar, so it's just two catheters up from the wrist. And these cases are nice, the other option is you can come arterial from the wrist and you can come from the vein at the top, match up the catheters in a parallel
and create that fistula at the ulnar-ulnar level. And the nice thing about this is it really makes managing the puncture very easy you just put a TR band on 'em, and then you're good to go. So it really kind of opens up a lot of different options for creating fistulas.
So in summary this device seems to create a functional fistula without the need for open surgery. It has very good primary and cumulative patencies and seems to take fewer interventions to maintain and mature the functioning fistula, and this may add another tool that we have to create
functioning fistulas in patients who are on dialysis. So thank you very much.
- I'd like to thank Dr. Veith and the organizers for the invitation. I'm a speaker for Gore medical, and I receive grant support and speaking fees from Acelity. I'd also like to thank my former partners at UPMC for their help with this study.
So are catheters really that bad? Of course we all know the answer's yes. The risk of bacteremia is 10-fold higher than with an AV fistula, and approximately 5 1/2 septic episodes per 1,000 catheter days are seen
in dialysis patients. This is not only a costly but can be a deadly problem. This is a shot of a 23 year old patient of mine who had been maintained on catheters for a long while,
and I was treating for SBC syndrome. So why can't we place fistulas earlier and avoid catheters altogether? 80% of patients start dialysis with a catheter. This is a multifactorial problem including late referrals to nephrology,
a difficulty of nephrologist to find available surgeons. Perhaps percutaneous fistula creation which is on the cutting edge of dialysis technology might help with this problem. But right now nationwide there's a backlog
of dialysis patients needing surgeons. Compounding this problem is that many patients don't have coverage for surgery until three months of dialysis care. And the proportion of patients getting dialysis fistulas pre-dialysis may be declining
according to a recent Canadian survey. In this survey they found that even in patients who had fistulas created, 11% of those fistulas weren't usable at the time of dialysis initiation. And in patients who had had
two or more surgeries, 35% of those fistulas were not able to be used. AV grafts are associated with a faster catheter removal, but more interventions over the first year of placement than AV fistulas.
TDC removal is faster with AV grafts, but it still takes longer than we all expect. We think an AV fistula should be ready to use at six weeks when indeed the median time to use is closer to 18 weeks. AV grafts we think are ready to use at two weeks,
when the median is actually closer to 9 weeks and this data is also from UPMC. Our aim in this recent study was to compare the real world performance of standard AV grafts and immediate use AV grafts in a dialysis population looking at catheter time.
Taking results from Duke and UPMC combined, we made three groups of patients: the standard AV graft patients, immediate use AV graft patients in a conventional configuration, and immediate use grafts combined
with a HeRO catheter. The demographics across these groups were similar with the exception of HeRo patients having more central venous occlusions, and immediate use AV grafts having a lower percentage of prevalent TDCs.
This was due to a small number of patients getting immediate use AV grafts on initiation of dialysis in place of a catheter. When we looked at complications across these groups, we found that there was no significant difference
in perioperative deaths, steal or AV graft infection. However we found that AV grafts were able to be used in the immediate access group significantly more often than in the standard group.
We found no results, no significant differences in our patency results either primary or secondary between the groups. However, immediate use AV grafts matured at a significantly faster rate, they had significantly fewer catheter days,
and most importantly had fewer catheter-related complications and fewer reinterventions for prolonged patency. We also looked at other authors who had studied this problem, and found that the majority
of immediate use grafts are able to be used within 24 to 72 hours. Other facilities to or other measures to facilitate early catheter removal are to have an organized approach to dialysis access.
In my office we have a schedule and we stick to it. We schedule all appointments at the patient's original visit, and I found that this is especially important for two-stage basilic vein transpositions.
Where we schedule their pre-op, their first and second surgery, all of their post-op visits and even their catheter removal visit at the initial time. Of course these can change,
but it gives us a structure to work in. We get patients back early to clinic sort of like Dr. Shenoy was just talking about. We see patients at four weeks with a fistula, and at two weeks with a graft. And if the access is not usable at that time,
we go immediately to fistulagram. We make an appointment to return to the clinic one month after we clear fistulas for use, with the plan to remove the catheter in clinic. If the catheter is not ready to come out for any reason,
then we troubleshoot the problem to make sure we stay on track. Our goal is to get those catheters out. So in conclusion, reducing catheter days can be accomplished through several means.
I believe we can do better through early fistula placement, and insurance that the fistula is ready to use at the time that the patient is ready to start dialysis. I think we can benefit our patients by
having more practitioners place fistulas. We should consider the judicious use of immediate access grafts, and perhaps use immediate access rather than standard grafts whenever possible. And we should have protocols to facilitate
early follow-up and troubleshooting of accesses as well as being proactive in catheter removal. Thank you.
- I'm going to be speaking about indirect access sites for access intervention. I'm going to be focusing on the transjugular approach. So access interventions, typically we perform them through a direct puncture of the fistula. Sometimes you place two introducers. There are some disadvantages to the direct approach.
The crossing catheters technique that we generally use for declots is awkward and cumbersome. The introducers can obstruct flow, there's dead space behind the introducers that can trap clot, and there's radiation exposure or the direct exposure
or scatter radiation from hands near the field. Admit it, we've all had access-site complications, suture-site necrosis and infection, as well as pseudoaneurysms. There's also prolonged procedure time related to needing to obtain hemostasis
in the high-pressure segment. There are also problems particularly to immature fistulas, such as hematoma formation, spasm at the introducer site causing pseudo-stenosis, decreased flow, and fistula thrombosis. Now, the good news is that we do have options
for alternative access sites. I'm sure many of you here use arterial access for immature fistulas in particular. Brachial access can be used to, this can be used for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes. We can also utilize radial or ulnar access.
Rarely, femoral access is used, as we saw in the last presentation. But there's also pendula venous access sites. You can sometimes, as a fortuitous tributary, what I call a target of opportunity, and also, the internal jugular vein.
Now, the transjugular approach was first reported in 1998. It does have some definite advantages over direct puncture technique. You can avoid the cumbersome access, you can keep your hands away from the beam, and there's no dead space as compared
to crossing sheaths for your declot. And if the intervention is unsuccessful, you can convert your IJ access to a catheter if you already have a wire in it. There are some technical challenges associated with this technique.
You do have to overcome the valves. It can be difficult to access the cephalic vein, but you can get around this by using a snare. And there's possibly a risk of IJ thrombosis if you're using large introducers. When to use this technique?
Well, when direct puncture's going to be difficult or cumbersome, when there's a short cannulation segment, when it's an extensively stented access, and when there's inflow pathology requiring a retrograde approach or arterial empathalogy, and it's a good option for clotted access.
The technique, micropuncture access of the jugular vein, ipsilateral or contralateral, place a sheath, and an important thing to use is a reverse-curve catheter, followed by glidewire. So here, we've cannulated the jugular vein going down,
glidewire out into the arm. If you're unable to cross into the cephalic vein, you can use that snare technique. And you can get a long, stable access in this way. It's been reported about, there's about 10 publications on transjugular approach, seven retrospective studies.
There's a large study that's reported thrombectomy. Also a large study looking at immature fistulas. Smaller studies looking at dysfunctional access and pseudoaneurysms. Two case reports, one review article, but there's of course no randomized studies.
There's a recent study from this year from Ferral and Alonzo. This was a retrospective study. Over two years they performed 30 transjugular AV access interventions. This accounted for 5% of their access experience
and this series was all fistulance. Indications for the procedure, 43% were declots, 43% were arterial and fistual pathology, there were two immature fistulas and two bleeding pseudoaneurysms. The access approach was 29 for ipsilateral,
only one contralateral. The results, 97% technical success, a snare was required in 4 cases, a catheter was inserted in two of the cases. There were no episodes of jugular vein thrombosis. In the remaining time, I'd like to show
a couple of case studies. Again, from Ferral and Alonzo. This is a case of an immature fistula. This was a partially occluded, immature left upper arm fistula. The initial fistulagram shows outflow stenosis
with a multiple stenosis in thrombus, and there's an arterial in stenosis that's distal to the access point, so you're not going to be able to treat that. They performed four millimeter angioplasty. Follow-up fistulagram shows a small, but patent vein
and the arterial end could not be treated. They brought the patient back in two weeks for a staged transjugular approach. And you can see the jugular catheter coming down. The vein diameter's improved, but there's still the untreated arterial end stenosis,
which is easily treated through the jugular approach. This is a study from, a case from Dr. Rabellino, ruptured pseudoaneurysm. This is a basilic transposition with a ruptured pseudoaneurysm at an infiltration site. Pretty ugly arm, swollen, skin necrosis.
I don't think we want to be sticking that arm. They initially went with a femoral approach for the fistulagram, demonstrated the pseudoaneurysm. As you can see here, tandem outflow stenoses. Coming up from below with the femoral artery diagnostic catheter.
Down and into the arm through the jugular approach. And here, you can see the venous outflow after angioplasty, covered stent deployed through the jugular access. So in summary, the transjugular approach is a useful but underutilized technique. The advantages include single-puncture intervention,
does not involve the outflow vein directly, simplified hemostasis, it's a low pressure system. It does have the advantage that you can use large introducers, there's less radiation for the operator, and you can convert to a catheter easily if needed. It is a useful technique for fistula maturation,
thrombectomy, and access maintenance. I say go for the jugular.
- Thank you very much for the opportunity to speak carbon dioxide angiography, which is one of my favorite topics and today I will like to talk to you about the value of CO2 angiography for abdominal and pelvic trauma and why and how to use carbon dioxide angiography with massive bleeding and when to supplement CO2 with iodinated contrast.
Disclosures, none. The value of CO2 angiography, what are the advantages perhaps? Carbon dioxide is non-allergic and non-nephrotoxic contrast agent, meaning CO2 is the only proven safe contrast in patients with a contrast allergy and the renal failure.
Carbon dioxide is very highly soluble (20 to 30 times more soluble than oxygen). It's very low viscosity, which is a very unique physical property that you can take advantage of it in doing angiography and CO2 is 1/400 iodinated contrast in viscosity.
Because of low viscosity, now we can use smaller catheter, like a micro-catheter, coaxially to the angiogram using end hole catheter. You do not need five hole catheter such as Pigtail. Also, because of low viscosity, you can detect bleeding much more efficiently.
It demonstrates to the aneurysm and arteriovenous fistula. The other interesting part of the CO2 when you inject in the vessel the CO2 basically refluxes back so you can see the more central vessel. In other words, when you inject contrast, you see only forward vessel, whereas when you inject CO2,
you do a pass with not only peripheral vessels and also see more central vessels. So basically you see the vessels around the lesions and you can use unlimited volumes of CO2 if you separate two to three minutes because CO2 is exhaled by the respirations
so basically you can inject large volumes particularly when you have long prolonged procedures, and most importantly, CO2 is very inexpensive. Where there are basically two methods that will deliver CO2. One is the plastic bag system which you basically fill up with a CO2 tank three times and then empty three times
and keep the fourth time and then you connect to the delivery system and basically closest inject for DSA. The other devices, the CO2mmander with the angio assist, which I saw in the booth outside. That's FDA approved for CO2 injections and is very convenient to use.
It's called CO2mmander. So, most of the CO2 angios can be done with end hole catheter. So basically you eliminate the need for pigtail. You can use any of these cobra catheters, shepherd hook and the Simmons.
If you look at this image in the Levitor study with vascular model, when you inject end hole catheter when the CO2 exits from the tip of catheter, it forms very homogenous bolus, displaces the blood because you're imaging the blood vessel by displacing blood with contrast is mixed with blood, therefore as CO2
travels distally it maintains the CO2 density whereas contrast dilutes and lose the densities. So we recommend end hole catheter. So that means you can do an arteriogram with end hole catheter and then do a select arteriogram. You don't need to replace the pigtail
for selective injection following your aortographies. Here's the basic techniques: Now when you do CO2 angiogram, trauma patient, abdominal/pelvic traumas, start with CO2 aortography. You'll be surprised, you'll see many of those bleeding on aortogram, and also you can repeat, if necessary,
with CO2 at the multiple different levels like, celiac, renal, or aortic bifurcation but be sure to inject below diaphragm. Do not go above diaphragm, for example, thoracic aorta coronary, and brachial, and the subclavian if you inject CO2, you'll have some serious problems.
So stay below the diaphragm as an arterial contrast. Selective injection iodinated contrast for a road map. We like to do super selective arteriogram for embolization et cetera. Then use a contrast to get anomalies. Super selective injection with iodinated contrast
before embolization if there's no bleeding then repeat with CO2 because of low viscocity and also explosion of the gas you will often see the bleeding. That makes it more comfortable before embolization. Here is a splenic trauma patient.
CO2 is injected into the aorta at the level of the celiac access. Now you see the extra vascularization from the low polar spleen, then you catheterize celiac access of the veins. You microcatheter in the distal splenic arteries
and inject the contrast. Oops, there's no bleeding. Make you very uncomfortable for embolizations. We always like to see the actual vascularization before place particle or coils. At that time you can inject CO2 and you can see
actual vascularization and make you more comfortable before embolization. You can inject CO2, the selective injection like in here in a patient with the splenic trauma. The celiac injection of CO2 shows the growth, laceration splenic with extra vascularization with the gas.
There's multiple small, little collection. We call this Starry Night by Van Gogh. That means malpighian marginal sinus with stagnation with the CO2 gives multiple globular appearance of the stars called Starry Night.
You can see the early filling of the portal vein because of disruption of the intrasplenic microvascular structures. Now you see the splenic vein. Normally, you shouldn't see splenic vein while following CO2 injections.
This is a case of the liver traumas. Because the liver is a little more anterior the celiac that is coming off of the anterior aspect of the aorta, therefore, CO2 likes to go there because of buoyancy so we take advantage of buoyancy. Now you see the rupture here in this liver
with following the aortic injections then you inject contrast in the celiac axis to get road map so you can travel through this torus anatomy for embolizations for the road map for with contrast. This patient with elaston loss
with ruptured venal arteries, massive bleeding from many renal rupture with retro peritoneal bleeding with CO2 and aortic injection and then you inject contrast into renal artery and coil embolization but I think the stent is very dangerous in a patient with elaston loss.
We want to really separate the renal artery. Then you're basically at the mercy of the bleeding. So we like a very soft coil but basically coil the entire renal arteries. That was done. - Thank you very much.
- Time is over already? - Yeah. - Oh, OK. Let's finish up. Arteriogram and we inject CO2 contrast twice. Here's the final conclusions.
CO2 is a valuable imaging modality for abdominal and pelvic trauma. Start with CO2 aortography, if indicated. Repeat injections at multiple levels below diaphragm and selective injection road map with contrast. The last advice fo
t air contamination during the CO2 angiograms. Thank you.
- Thank you, Frank, for this really appreciated invitation and to report what factor will be predictive for long-term survival after ruptured AAA treatments. I have nothing to disclose. We know the major key points when dealing with emergent AAA rupture treatment are related to its feasibility, short, and long-term outcomes.
The increase of endovascular repair of ruptured AAA is the proof that most of patient can be addressed by endovascular tools, even if ruptured AAA. We have observed the same trend at USZ with almost 100% of emergent EVAR for ruptured AAA. A third randomized control trial didn't show
any significant differences in terms of short-term outcomes. We know that the real-life studies and meta-analysis are really in favor of emergent EVAR for ruptured AAA. This is consistent with the experience at the USZ. About the long-term outcomes, randomized control trials and the single-center studies did not
show significant differences. We all know that the risk that for conventional open surgery, the risk factor has been clearly identified but we don't know such factors for emergent EVAR. For this purpose, we conducted a retrospective analysis
of ruptured AAA addressed by emergent EVAR and included 242 patient in order to identify factors that can influence long-term survival after emergent EVAR. We have observed this parallel graft did not significantly influence long-term outcomes after emergent EVAR as well as the type of anesthesia,
although the local anesthesia did better for short-term outcomes. Neither the sex was significantly associated to the long-term outcomes, nor the type of stent graft employed. Conversely, shock was significantly associated
to reduced long-term outcomes, as well as re-intervention and open abdomen treatments. So in conclusion, the predictive factors of long-term survival after emergent conventional open surgery are already well-known, but similar factors for emergent EVAR
needs to be identified. We were able to identify that shock, re-intervention, and open abdomen treatments are related to a reduced long-term survival. To improve such outcomes for emergent EVAR, we use five management key points.
About time, we all know that most of the patient who reach alive the hospital are enough stable to undergo a CTA and evaluation for emergent EVAR. This time we go for permissive hypovolemia and controlled hypotension. We try to perform the case faster as possible.
About imaging, we always go for preoperative CTA just to confirm diagnosis, but especially to plan the case. We go for a post-surgery CTA control to immediately understand and realize if there is some trouble with the treatment. We had also started a program with patient-specific ratio
that gives you some tools to perform better ruptured AAA cases by EVAR. This is a feasibility study with good outcomes. About device and techniques, of course to perform emergent EVAR, we need to have all the available
off the shelf devices ready to use. As a general principle, for short and angulated neck, we go for transrenal devices but when there is no neck we go for parallel graft. We are quite aggressive with the management of abdominal compartment syndrome,
not only for emergent EVAR but also for conventional open surgery. Clearly there are some limitations to emergent EVAR. In fact, it's inappropriate in rupture pararenal requiring suprarenal endoclamping for hemodynamic stabilization
and patient presenting too many technical challenges. These patients should probably be treated by fast-track open surgery. Thank you for your time.
- Dear Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen, Thank you Doctor Veith. It's a privilege to be here. So, the story is going to be about Negative Pressure Wound Non-Excisional Treatment from Prosthetic Graft Infection, and to show you that the good results are durable. Nothing to disclose.
Case demonstration: sixty-two year old male with fem-fem crossover PTFE bypass graft, Key infection in the right groin. What we did: open the groin to make the debridement and we see the silergy treat, because the graft is infected with the microbiology specimen
and when identified, the Enterococcus faecalis, Staphylococcus epidermidis. We assess the anastomosis in the graft was good so we decided to put foam, black foam for irrigation, for local installation of antiseptics. This our intention-to treat protocol
at the University hospital, Zurich. Multi-staged Negative Pressure for the Wound Therapy, that's meets vascular graft infection, when we open the wound and we assess the graft, and the vessel anastomosis, if they are at risk or not. If they are not at risk, then we preserve the graft.
If they are at risk and the parts there at risk, we remove these parts and make a local reconstruction. And this is known as Szilagyi and Samson classification, are mainly validated from the peripheral surgery. And it is implemented in 2016 guidelines of American Heart Association.
But what about intracavitary abdominal and thoracic infection? Then other case, sixty-one year old male with intracavitary abdominal infection after EVAR, as you can see, the enhancement behind the aortic wall. What we are doing in that situation,
We're going directly to the procedure that's just making some punctures, CT guided. When we get the specimen microbiological, then start with treatment according to the microbiology findings, and then we downgrade the infection.
You can see the more air in the aneurism, but less infection periaortic, then we schedule the procedure, opening the aneurysm sac, making the complete removal of the thrombus, removing of the infected part of the aneurysm, as Doctor Maelyna said, we try to preserve the graft.
That exactly what we are doing with the white foam and then putting the black foam making the Biofilm breakdown with local installation of antiseptics. In some of these cases we hope it is going to work, and, as you see, after one month
we did not have a good response. The tissue was uneager, so we decided to make the removal of the graft, but, of course, after downgrading of this infection. So, we looked at our data, because from 2012 all the patients with
Prostetic Graft infection we include in the prospective observational cohort, known VASGRA, when we are working into disciplinary with infectious disease specialist, microbiologists, radiologist and surgical pathologist. The study included two group of patients,
One, retrospective, 93 patient from 1999 to 2012, when we started the VASGRA study. And 88 patient from April 2012 to Seventeen within this register. Definitions. Baseline, end of the surgical treatment and outcome end,
the end of microbiological therapy. In total, 181 patient extracavitary, 35, most of them in the groin. Intracavitary abdominal, 102. Intracavitary thoracic, 44. If we are looking in these two groups,
straight with Negative Pressure Wound Therapy and, no, without Negative Pressure Wound Therapy, there is no difference between the groups in the male gender, obesity, comorbidity index, use of endovascular graft in the type Samson classification,
according to classification. The only difference was the ratio of hospitalization. And the most important slide, when we show that we have the trend to faster cure with vascular graft infection in patients with Negative Pressure Wound Therapy
If we want to see exactly in the data we make uni variant, multi variant analysis, as in the initial was the intracavitary abdominal. Initial baseline. We compared all these to these data. Intracavitary abdominal with no Pressure Wound Therapy
and total graft excision. And what we found, that Endovascular indexoperation is not in favor for faster time of cure, but extracavitary Negative Pressure Wound Therapy shows excellent results in sense of preserving and not treating the graft infection.
Having these results faster to cure, we looked for the all cause mortality and the vascular graft infection mortality up to two years, and we did not have found any difference. What is the strength of this study, in total we have two years follow of 87 patients.
So, to conclude, dear Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen, Explant after downgrading giving better results. Instillation for biofilm breakdown, low mortality, good quality of life and, of course, Endovascular vascular graft infection lower time to heal. Thank you very much for your attention.
- Yeah, I am not Mehdi Shishehbor. If you are here to listen to him talk, I'm sorry to disappoint you. He's stuck in Cleveland in the weather. So this is my disclosure. There are several companies, but it's uncompensated consulting.
So, when you look at all the guidelines that are out there, most of the guidelines do recommend ankle brachial index as the central point in terms of management of critical limb ischemia patients, this is the ACC/AHA guidelines from 2016. And the same thing PARC,
Peripheral Academic Research Consortium also talks about using ankle brachial indices in the management of critical limb ischemias. So Mehdi gives this example of a 82 yr old patient of his who came in with a Charcot joint and mid-foot ulceration. The ABI was in the .56 range,
so he takes her to the cath lab and finds SFA disease, PT is occluded. He gets the inflow improved, the anterior tibial also looks better, and the ankle brachial indices are now normalized to 1.12, and even the metatarsal and the digit PPGs are improved.
So he tells the patient to go home and rest, and the wound care is instituted. And the mid-foot ulceration heals, but when the patient comes back there is a heel ulceration, because the patient has been asked to take it easy, and with the non-vascular position,
which is above the level of the heart, or at the level of the heart rather than being down. Now she has sort of a pressure and ischemic ulceration on the heel, despite normal ABIs. So Mehdi goes in and do retro grade pedal axis and gets into the origin, revascularizes the arch,
and gets the PT opened up, and the DP opened up, and has a good arch, complete arch now, as you can see good result, and with good wound healing at 16 weeks it shows improvement and 21 weeks much more better looking, almost healed ulceration with some callous over that.
So the point of this is the clinical examination of the patient and continued follow up closely is very important and not just depend on ABIs. To further this thought, Mehdi looked at the Cleveland Clinic Data and 29% of patients with critical limb ischemia were noted to have, in fact,
ABIs that were almost normal. And then, the IN.PACT DEEP data, which you look at about 350 patients, all CLI patients, they looked at the hemodynamic parameters to diagnose critical limb ischemia. This was one of the trials that sort of lead to
removing ankle brachial index requirement in the critical limb ischemia below knee trials, as well. What they showed is, even though all these patients have critical limb ischemia, upwards of 28% actually had normal ABI and several had ABI greater than 1.4 And remember, all these are critical limb ischemia patients.
So probably ABI's not a good measure to assess critical limb ischemia. Similarly, the Michigan group, the Blue Cross Blue Shield group looked at 4,391 patients with CLI, and only 60% actually had mild to moderate disease,
and 14 had severe disease, and when you look at the number of patients that had normal ABIs, that was a quarter of them. So a quarter of CLI patients have normal ABIs. The other disturbing fact is that, when you look at noncompressible ABIs,
majority, up to 80% of these patients could potentially, especially the posterior tibial artery, could be upwards of 80% occlusion. So basically, if you get noncompressible vessels you could be looking at having a potential occlusion of the below knee vessel.
So in summary, about 30% of patients with CLI will have normal ABIs, or noncompressible ABIs. If they have noncompressible ABIs, upwards of 80% will have potential occlusion of severe stenosis. So at this time, in the absence of better profusion, tissue profusion imaging,
angiogram is probably the best way to assess. We need to consider TBI, pulse volume recordings, in the patients with Rutherford five and six. Thank you.
- Thank you, I've changed the title little bit, instead changes in AA neck morphology after standard EVAR and CHEVAS and they can be subtle and missed. And I'm a co-founder of endovascular diagnostics and my background of my slides is black because yesterday, Teo Fleugus passed away. Teo has served the endovascular fields
for more than two decades and Teo is an iconic and humorous Dutch giant and it's always been a pleasure and honor to work with him. The background of this presentation, slight changes in apposition and position of endograft in aortic neck can be missed
with standard imaging techniques like CT scans and duplex and the follow up imaging nowadays should prevent and should predict complications and not only show complications. That's why we, well we developed software, homemade software for precise determination
of the endograft position and apposition in the aortic neck post EVAR. And it serves, we transport the mesh of the aorta from a standard CT scan and use the 3D coordinates of a 3Mensio workstation and we definitely are able to calculate
and determine almost all the positional changes of the endograft in the neck post EVAR and also calculate the apposition of the endograft in the aortic neck. Well here, you can see some of the changes. The yellow bar is the apposition,
the circumferential apposition of the endograft in the aortic neck and during follow up, you can see that there is a loss of apposition, and of course, you want to avoid there is a complete loss in the patient coming with a type 1A endoleak and a rupture.
But to prove the concept of course, we had to prove that the software could really predict endografts' failure like migration and type 1A endoleak, so we had a co-ord of four groups of patients patients with type 1A endoleak,
patients with migration more than 1 centimeter, and those included 45 patients, then we had control patients without any endoleak or migration. We did a software analysis, so the determination of the apposition and position of the endograft in the aortic neck and we compared in the first
post-EVAR CTA scan and the late CTA scans, and here you can see what we mean with late CTA scan in the patients with type 1A endoleak and migration, it was the CT scan before the CT scan where the complication occurred.
Well, with the new software this is all on the CT scans before the complication in the patient with type 1A endoleak and migration, there is significantly loss of apposition, length, and also in the patient group with migration and the CTs
come before the complication really occurs the apposition is significantly lower. And also, there is more endograft expansion in the patients with migration, the endografts almost have expanded to 100%, and of course then
you will have a seal failure. What about EVAS? It is more challenging to calculate the apposition, so in the software we don't calculate the apposition but the non-apposition surface post
EVAS and post chimney EVAS. Here you can see one of the examples, the red area is the non-apposition, post-EVAS and also here you can see that sometimes it can be very subtle changes if you compare the one month and the
one year CT scan for these graft migrates because there is an increase in non-apposition. There are some different kind of migrations we call it displacement, post EVAS because it's not only a real migration but sometimes the endo backs and the stent frames bow,
and that causes also a kind of migration. And loss of apposition in inter-renal neck. And what is another important thing is you really have to determine the 3D position of the stent frames because here again we have the software usually in red
in the six months follow up, a slight displacement of the stent frames, and during one year, and 18 months here, you can see complete displaced stent frame, well of course again you want to have dealt complication before the complication
really occurs so you want to see it after 6 months. We have 20 patients with chimney EVAS. Five of them suffer a type 1A endoleak during follow up and again, we calculated the non apposition surface but also the other stent frames displacement and as you can see
here on this figure, there is a correlation between the displacement of the stent frames and the chimney grafts itself. Can we also predict (unclear), yes the five patients on the right is at a one-year CT scan, slight movement and displacement,
and here at more than one year, all those patients have type 1A endoleak and even one had a rupture. So to conclude, determination of the position and apposition of the stent grafts post-EVAR is, well it's necessary and we can
miss that with the standard CT scans so we advise to use them, the new software, which can really predict complications post-EVAR and EVAS, thank you very much.
- Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I guess this would be the old man's operation then. It's a new treatment paradigm. I just want to draw you attention to the fact that the results that are reported vary extremely. This is perhaps the most recent report from October from my colleagues at Saint Thomas' Hospital in London.
What they advocate is this excision of an infected graft with in situ reconstruction using deep vein of bovine graft. And they report a three year survival of 88%. I think this illustrates the selection of patients because the data is quite remarkable. It's actually better survival than after standard EVAR
in the British EVAR trial where the survivor at three years was less than 80%. And equally recent studies from Finland where they also use graft removal and vein reconstruction of the aorta. Here the results are completely different. Similar operation time as we heard before, over seven hours.
Early mortality of 18% and overall mortality of 40% with only one and a half years follow-up. Also, the authors very honestly note that it was not always possible to excise the grafts entirely. And the interesting thing is that they noted that there were no re-infections, even when only
partial graft removal was possible. So this makes me wonder. Do we really need to excise all that if when we leave behind material it doesn't re-infect? I will show you a couple of patients I have treated. I have a large series of them.
This was a septic patient with high blood cell count, high CRP, fever, this type of mycotic aneurysm. Quite difficult to treat open, I think, in a good way. I'm not saying they end always good, but we put in a chimney graft, excluded the aneurysm with a aortic stentgraft, and this is what happened
to the white blood cell count. It dropped within one week. So did the CRP. And this, of course says nothing, but this is the PET scan at five months showing no reaction around the stentgraft.
These results have been pretty much confirmed by a nationwide Swedish study showing that the results of open repair are notoriously worse than after EVAR with a much higher mortality after three months and a significantly high mortality still after one year. So those were the primary mycotic aneurysms.
How about the worse beast, the infected stentgrafts? We have several tricks to avoid this radical resection I will show you only my favorite trick right now. It's a resection of the infected sac. And this was the very first patient we did. It was a standard abdominal aortic aneurysm
treated with a standard stentgraft. The patient had a minor type II endoleak as you can see at follow-up. After two years, the endoleak was gone. Suddenly, there was air in the sac, and the patient seemed infected.
There was bowel right next to it, so I was convinced this was a aortic fistula and for that reason I did a laparotomy. There was no fistula. But we had an infected sac, and while I was at it, I resected as much as I could of the sac
only leaving behind the difficult portion adjacent to the cava, and when this was done, I wrapped the omentum around the graft. This is a follow-up CT showing that remnant of the native aorta, and as you can see, there is no inflammatory reaction around the stentgraft.
And this is a six month follow-up CT. The very most recent case. I have this bad habit of bringing recent cases. This is an elderly gentleman with a aortoenteric fistula post open AAA repair, and nobody was particularly keen on operating on him because he had this wonderful
result of the previous open repair. We put in a stentgraft, and this is the postop CT showing the collection right next to the stentgraft. This is at six weeks follow-up with that collection being less, and the CRP has dropped from 165 to 36. Of course, this is very early,
but it's a very promising result, I believe. The overall results for the non-radical treatment such as the low early mortality because we don't do this massive surgery to begin with. And the late mortality seems, in my eyes, comparable to the radical surgery.
So in conclusion, Mr. Chairman, ladies and gentlemen, I believe that most infected aneurysms don't need radical surgery. Thereby, you avoid major surgical trauma, which is poorly tolerated by these weak patients. You reduce lower early mortality.
You have similar or better long-term survival. And many infections do heal in spite of the fact that you leave prosthetic material behind. Thank you for your attention.
- Thank you, Larry, thank you, Tony. Nice to be known as a fixture. I have no relevant disclosures, except that I have a trophy. And that's important, but also that Prabir Roy-Chaudhury, who's in this picture, was the genesis of some of the thoughts that I'm going to deliver here about predicting renal failure,
so I do want to credit him with bringing that to the vascular access space. You know, following on Soren's talk about access guidelines, we're dealing with pretty old guidelines, but if you look at the 2006 version, you know, just the height--
The things that a surgeon might read in his office. CKD four, patients there, you want a timely referral, you want them evaluated for placement of permanent access. The term "if necessary" is included in those guidelines, that's sometimes forgotten about.
And, of course, veins should be protected. We already heard a little bit about that, and so out our hospital, with our new dialysis patients, we usually try to butcher both antecubital veins at the same time. And then, before we send them to surgery
after they've been vein-marked, we use that vein to put in their preoperative IV, so that's our vascular access management program at Christiana Care. - [Male Speaker] That's why we mark it for you, Teddy. (laughing)
- So, you know, the other guideline is patients should have a functional permanent access at the initiation of dialysis therapy, and that means we need a crystal ball. How do we know this? A fistula should be placed at least six months
before anticipated start of dialysis, or a graft three to six weeks. Anybody who tells you they actually know that is lying, you can't tell, there's no validated means of predicting this. You hear clinical judgment, you can look at
all sorts of things. You cannot really make that projection. Now there is one interesting study by Tangri, and this is what Premier brought to our attention last year at CIDA, where this Canadian researcher and his team developed a model for predicting
progression of chronic kidney disease, not specifically for access purposes, but for others. They looked at a large number of patients in Canada, followed them through chronic kidney disease to ESRD, and they came up with a model. If you look at a simple model that uses age, sex,
estimated GFR from MDRD equation and albuminuria to predict when that patient might develop end stage renal disease, and there's now nice calculators. This is a wonderful thing, I keep it on my phone, this Qx Calculate, I would recommend you do the same,
and you can put those answers to the questions, in this app, and it'll give you the answer you're looking for. So for instance, here's a case, a 75-year-old woman, CKD stage four, her creatinine's 2.7, not very impressive,
eGFR's 18. Her urine protein is 1200 milligrams per gram, that's important, this is kind of one of the major variables that impacts on this. So she's referred appropriately at that stage to a surgeon for arteriovenous access,
and he finds that she really has no veins that he feels are suitable for a fistula, so an appropriate referral was made. Now at that time, if you'd put her into this equation with those variables, 1200, female, 75-year-old, 18 GFR, at two years, her risk of ESRD is about 30%,
and at five years about 66%, 67%. So, you know, how do you use those numbers in deciding if she needs an access? Well, you might say... A rational person might say perhaps that patient should get a fistula,
or at least be put in line for it. Well, this well-intentioned surgeon providing customer service put in a graft, which then ended up with some steal requiring a DRIL, which then still had steal, required banding, and then a few months, a year later
was thrombosed and abandoned because she didn't need it. And I saw her for the first time in October 2018, at which time her creatinine is up to 3.6, her eGFR's down to 12, her protein is a little higher, 2600, so now she has a two-year risk of 62%, and a five-year risk of 95%,
considerably more than when this ill-advised craft was created. So what do you do with this patient now? I don't have the answer to that, but you can use this information at least to help flavor your thought process,
and what if you could bend the curve? What if you treated this patient appropriately with ACE inhibitors and other methods to get the protein down? Well, you can almost half her two-year risk of renal failure with medical management.
So these considerations I think are important to the team, surgeon, nurses, nephrologists, etc., who are planning that vascular access with the patient. When to do and what to do. And then, you know, it's kind of old-fashioned to look at the trajectory.
We used to look at one over creatinine, we can look at eGFR now, and she's on a trajectory that looks suspicious for progression, so you can factor that into your thought process as well. And then I think this is the other very important concept, I think I've spoken about this here before,
is that there's no absolute need for dialysis unless you do bilateral nephrectomies. Patients can be managed medically for quite a while, and the manifestations of uremia dealt with quite safely and effectively, and you can see that over the years, the number of patients
in this top brown pattern that have been started on dialysis with a GFR of greater than 15 has fallen, or at least, stopped rising because we've recognized that there's no advantage, and there may be disadvantages to starting patients too early.
So if your nephrologist is telling I've got to start this patient now because he or she needs dialysis, unless they had bilateral nephrectomies that may or may not be true. Another case,
64-year-old male, CKD stage four, creatinine about four, eGFR 15, 800 milligrams of proteinuria, referred to a vascular access surgeon for AV access. Interesting note, previous central lines, or AICD, healthy guy otherwise.
So in April 2017 he had a left wrist fistula done, I think that was a very appropriate referral and a very appropriate operation by this surgeon. At that time his two-year risk was 49, 50%, his five-year risk 88%. It's a pretty good idea, I think, to get a wrist fistula
in that patient. Once again, this is not validated for that purpose. I can't point you to a study that says by using this you can make well-informed predictions about when to do vascular access, but I do think it helps to flavor the judgment on this.
Also, I saw him for the first time last month, and his left arm is like this. Amazing, that has never had a catheter or anything, so I did his central venogram, and this is his anatomy. I could find absolutely no evidence of a connection between the left subclavian and the superior vena cava,
I couldn't cross it. Incidentally, this was done with less than 20 CCs of dye of trying to open this occlusion or find a way through, which was unsuccessful. You can see all the edema in his arm. So what do you do with this guy now?
Well, up, go back. Here's his trajectory of CKD four from the time his fistula is done to the time I'm seeing him now, he's been pretty flat. And his proteinuria's actually dropped
with medical management. He's only got 103 milligrams per gram of proteinuria now, and his two-year risk is now 23%, his five-year risk is 56%, so I said back to the surgeon we ligate this damn thing, because we can't really do much to fix it,
and we're going to wait and see when it's closer to time to needing dialysis. I'm not going to subject this guy to a right-arm fistula with that trajectory of renal disease over the past two years. So combining that trajectory with these predictive numbers,
and improved medical care for proteinuria I think is a good strategy. So what do you do, you're weighing factors for timing too early, you've got a burden of fistula failure, interventions you need to use to maintain costs, morbidity, complications,
steal, neuropathy that you could avoid versus too late and disadvantages of initiating hemodialysis without a permanent access. And lastly, I'm going to just finish with some blasphemy. I think the risk of starting dialysis with a catheter is vastly overstated.
If you look at old data and patient selection issues, and catheter maintenance issues, I think... It's not such an unreasonable thing to start a patient with a catheter. We do it all the time and they usually live.
And even CMS gives us a 90-day grace period on our QIP penalties, so... If you establish a surgeon and access plan, I think you're good to go. So who monitors access maturation? I don't know, somebody who knows what they're doing.
If you look at all the people involved, I know some of these individuals who are absolute crackerjack experts, and some are clueless. It has nothing to do with their age, their gender, their training, their field. It's just a matter of whether they understand
what makes a good fistula. You don't have to be a genius, you just can't be clueless. This is not a mature usable fistula, I know that when I see it. Thank you.
- [Stephan Haulon] I'm going to present a case that was quite a challenging case. Those are my usual disclosures. And this patient I'm quoting is a patient that had dissecting thoracoabdominal aneurysm that was more than 18 centimeter long. You can see that there's major issues with the kinks
in the mid-descending thoracic aorta, two over 90 degree kinks, and you can also see that we're working in the narrow true lumen here, and what I want to show you here is that the SMA looks kind of occluded or with a mild perfusion, and you can see that above the celiac trunk,
it is nicely perfused, whereas you can see here that the true lumen is completely collapsed at the level of the visceral vessels. So there was a couple of issues associated with this case. This is a lateral mid-view showing you that the true lumen is completely collapsed here.
I'm not exactly sure what's happening with the SMA here. Sorry, and this is the IMA, lower, and you can see that there's a very large IMA that was patent and perfused by the true lumen. So we decided to treat this patient with a free thoracic endograft done proximal, then a TEVA,
and then the distal tubular graft that was landed just above the origin of this IMA. I designed the graft with a branch for the SMA not knowing exactly what I would look for, and the previous surgeon that referred the case to me
didn't manage to get a thoracic device up in this patient so there was a real concern that we would struggle during the case. The patient is contraindicated in the age, not far from his 80s, and had severe COPD, that's why he was not a candidate for an open approach.
So we used this four branch device, and what is specific about this device is that it has a TPDS delivery system, so what is that? This is something that I learned from Piotr Karpzak's research, it's a system where you have four pre-loaded wires that are already through the branches
so they're outside the graft, through the branch, inside the internal lumen, and you will see on the next video, this is the delivery system, and you can see that the pre-loaded wires are actually in a sheath above the delviery system. So you work over a through and through wire,
and this is Piotr's hand that you can see, you have a four meter through and through wire coming from the left axillary to the groin. Over this through and through wire, you advance a catheter from the top, and on the other side you will get the delivery system of the endograft,
you will see that very soon. You can see here is the sheath that is on top of the delivery system of the endograft, where you have the pre-loaded wires. So you're going to get the whole system up and get this proximal sheath from the axillary approach,
and then you have those wires that will direct you directly to the branches. So this is the case, you can see we have through and through access, and as I told you, the beginning of the case was trying to get access to the SMA to understand if the SMA was perfused by the true
lumen, or the false lumen. So here I'm looking from the false lumen, now I'm in the true lumen, trying from above, from below, and actually I never find access to the origin of the SMA, so I did this selective angio 3D image, and you
can see that the SMA is actually perfused from the IMA, so I was wrong to design a branch for the SMA, and I decided to occlude the branch. So to handle those huge kinks, I used the push and pull technique, you know, and you can see how I'm getting this graft up over all those kinks,
this is the first thoracic endograft. You will see on the next picture that once the graft is in position, I push on both ends of the wire so that it loops in the ascending. I position it just distal here to the left subclavian artery, and we're going to release this
first thoracic endograft, then get the second component up, and you can see it's still quite a challenge. And then we get it up, we need to have at least three or four stents overlap to release it, and remember this major kink that we had in the
mid-descending thoracic aorta. You will see that there's going to be sort of eructation. The patient, his blood pressure raised very significantly once I released the second graft so I had to use this scleroballoon right away to reopen the endograft lumen.
This is the third thoracic endograft that is positioned just above the celiac trunk, and now we're advancing the delivery system. You can see this is the sheath at the top of the delivery system where you have the pre-loaded wires, it goes inside the sheath, and I'm
getting the T-branch or the full branch endograft up here and we will position it like the other ones using this through and through technique, pushing from below and pulling from above. This is an angio to check that my fusion markers
are in a good position, and then we're going to open the endograft, making sure that the celiac trunk is above the celiac trunk marker, SMA above, and those are the two renal fenestrations above the origin of the two renal arteries. And then, using this pre-loaded wire, I push the catheter
directly through the fenestration from the top, getting access to the left renal artery. Once I have positioned a rosin wire into this left renal artery, I advance a Covera stent here, in this case I use Covera stents for the renals and BeGraft Plus for the visceral.
What you can see here is I'm actually releasing this Covera stent with quite a significant amount of the stent within the renal artery to have a very stable platform. At the top, you need to make sure that you have a full overlap with the branch.
I'm obviously not going to show you the four branches, I'm going to skip directly to the completion angiogram, and you can see the completion angiogram with the celiac trunk, both renals, and then the IMA feeding retrogradely the IMA, the SMA. So I was quite happy with this result.
Oops, now I need to go to the next slide please. There you are, thank you. So this was the post-op CT, and everything looked good at a first glance, but when looking more carefully on this CT scan, what I found is actually I had a very
large type 2 endoleak from this SMA that I never managed to access from the aortic lumen. And you can see the SMA is filled retrogradely and then is feeding the aneurysm sac, so now I have a big type 2 endoleak, which I think we'll never seal spontaneously because it's perfused by the SMA.
So I had to take this patient a couple of weeks later back to the OR under local anesthesia again using fusion guidance, and you can see here that I'm getting access to the IMA, injecting contrast to check that I'm in the right position, and then I'm
going to push a micro-catheter inside. You can see the microcatheter going up here, I'm going to inject again to check that I'm going the right direction. So this is the tip of the micro-catheter here, I have a lot of markers showing me the way to go,
the micro-catheter is now advancing, and I'm now almost where I need to be, and I'm going to check on the lateral view now. You can see, this is where is the tip of the micro-catheter, and I'm checking with the diffusion that I'm actually now at the origin of the SMA, this is an outline
of my fusion mask, and this is with the 3DVR. You see that I'm really where I need to be, and now I'm just advancing a couple of micro-coils at the origin of the SMA and just looking. This is the first branch of the SMA so I know that I'm not blocking anything special here.
A couple of coils, and then I'm going to check what's going on with my micro-catheter. And you can see that there's still flow going through those coils, so I added a couple of coils, smaller coils to get a nicely packed embolization. You can see a couple of coils that are advanced again.
And then this is the completion angio. You can see we're actually feeding the SMA, but not anymore the aneurysm sac. Can we move to the next one please? Thank you very much. So this is now the CT scan after this embolization.
You see the coils are just at the origin of the SMA. I don't have any more endoleak inside, those are artifacts from the coils, and we finally have completely excluded this complex thoracoabdominal aneurysm. So I think that the trick here was to use those
pre-loaded delivery, sorry, branches to the visceral and renal arteries, to use a through and through wire to get the device up, to use fusion imaging to know if we were in the true/false lumen, to know where the origin of the target vessel was, and as usual for
those complex dissection, you have to expect staged procedures to completely exclude the false lumen from aortic flow. Thank you very much for your attention. - [Speaker 1] Thanks Stephan, for a wonderful case. Any questions or comments, maybe just while you're
thinking about it? So I just missed a little bit in terms of the pre-loaded SMA wire, you can obviously use that to get through, and I presume you used an Amplatzer plug, or how did you embolize? - [Stephan Haulon] So, how did I block the SMA branch?
So usually the way I do it, I put a balloon expandable covered stent that is quite long, 47 or 57, and then I put an Amplatzer inside. - [Speaker 1] So that's a good tip, yeah. Obviously the trunk itself is too short to be confident with that.
- [Stephan Haulon] Yeah, at the beginning of the experience, I was just putting an Amplatzer in the trunk, and we had a couple of failures, and now I feel more secure positioning a nice landing zone. I mean, having a longer branch with this being expandable. - [Speaker 1] So that's a very good tip, thanks for that.
- [Speaker 2] I have a question, I mean, we know how important is the SMA, especially in these patients, but if you have to do another case like this one, do you think this could be more useful to do a first stage total to reopen the SMA to the celiac or to the IMA?
- [Stephen Haulon] The problem here was that the true lumen was completely collapsed, and I didn't know if it was just a dynamic malperfusion, or if there was some kind of stenosis. I still don't understand exactly. The idea when I started the case was that if I could
actually access the SMA, was to do exactly what you're saying, I was going to probably stent it to reopen it at the beginning. But I never managed to access the SMA from the true, the false lumen, from above, from below. Probably this was
because, maybe because the IMA was perfusing with a very nice flow this SMA. So I think there was some kind of retraction of the origin of the SMA. - [Speaker 2] Okay. - [Speaker 1] Stephan that thoracic component that's
got a tortuosity of 270 degrees, or worse, you know, in your experience you did a great job delivering the graft, but how's that going to perform, do you think, in terms of, you know, when we see remodeling, and do you think there's a risk of significant kinking and stenosis of the lumen?
- [Stephan Haulon] So I mean, the second graft when it went through that specific curve, occluded the true lumen right away. The blood pressure went up like an acute coarctation, and I think that with my coated balloon I actually burst the dissection flap, and that's why it's now
open, and I checked on the CPR that I have a nice lumen. But it's a concern, I think very importantly when you have such angulation, you need to be very aggressive with the overlap between the various components because you don't know what's going to happen, and you see we have I think almost four or five stents overlap between the
various components. - [Speaker 1] Okay, well thank you very much.
- Our group has looked at the outcomes of patients undergoing carotid-subclavian bypass in the setting of thoracic endovascular repair. These are my obligatory disclosures, none of which are relevant to this study. By way of introduction, coverage of the left subclavian artery origin
is required in 10-50% of patients undergoing TEVAR, to achieve an adequate proximal landing zone. The left subclavian artery may contribute to critical vascular beds in addition to the left upper extremity, including the posterior cerebral circulation,
the coronary circulation if a LIMA graft is present, and the spinal cord, via vertebral collaterals. Therefore the potential risks of inadequate left subclavian perfusion include not only arm ischemia, but also posterior circulation stroke,
spinal cord ischemia, and coronary insufficiency. Although these risks are of low frequency, the SVS as early as 2010 published guidelines advocating a policy of liberal left subclavian revascularization during TEVAR
requiring left subclavian origin coverage. Until recently, the only approved way to maintain perfusion of the left subclavian artery during TEVAR, with a zone 2 or more proximal landing zone, was a cervical bypass or transposition procedure. As thoracic side-branch devices become more available,
we thought it might be useful to review our experience with cervical bypass for comparison with these newer endovascular strategies. This study was a retrospective review of our aortic disease database, and identified 112 out of 579 TEVARs
that had undergone carotid subclavian bypass. We used the standard operative technique, through a short, supraclavicular incision, the subclavian arteries exposed by division of the anterior scalene muscle, and a short 8 millimeter PTFE graft is placed
between the common carotid and the subclavian arteries, usually contemporaneous with the TEVAR procedure. The most important finding of this review regarded phrenic nerve dysfunction. To exam this, all pre- and post-TEVAR chest x-rays were reviewed for evidence of diaphragm elevation.
The study population was typical for patients undergoing TEVAR. The most frequent indication for bypass was for spinal cord protection, and nearly 80% of cases were elective. We found that 25 % of patients had some evidence
of phrenic nerve dysfunction, though many resolved over time. Other nerve injury and vascular graft complications occurred with much less frequency. This slide illustrates the grading of diaphragm elevation into mild and severe categories,
and notes that over half of the injuries did resolve over time. Vascular complications were rare, and usually treated with a corrective endovascular procedure. Of three graft occlusions, only one required repeat bypass.
Two pseudoaneurysms were treated endovascularly. Actuarial graft, primary graft patency, was 97% after five years. In summary then, the report examines early and late outcomes for carotid subclavian bypass, in the setting of TEVAR. We found an unexpectedly high rate
of phrenic nerve dysfunction postoperatively, although over half resolved spontaneously. There was a very low incidence of vascular complications, and a high long-term patency rate. We suggest that this study may provide a benchmark for comparison
with emerging branch thoracic endovascular devices. Thank you.
- Thank you very much for the privilege of participating in this iconic symposium. I have no disclosures pertinent to this presentation. The Atelier percutaneous endovascular repair for ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms is a natural evolution of procedural technique due to the success of fully percutaneous endovascular
aortic aneurysm repair in elective cases. This past year, we had the opportunity to publish our data with regard to 30 day outcomes between percutaneous ruptured aneurysm repairs and surgical cutdown repairs utilizing the American College of Surgeons NSQIP database,
which is a targeted database which enrolls about 800 hospitals in the United States, looking at both the univariate and multivariate analyses comparing preoperative demographics, operative-specific variables and postoperative outcomes. There were 502 patients who underwent
ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms that were included in this review, 129 that underwent percutaneous repair, whereas 373 underwent cutdown repair. As you can see, the majority were still being done by cutdown.
Over the four years, however, there was a gradual increase in the number of patients that were having percutaneous repair used as their primary modality of access, and in fact a more recent stasis has shown to increase up to 50%,
and there certainly was a learning curve during this period of time. Looking at the baseline characteristics of patients with ruptured aneurysms undergoing both modalities, there was not statistically significant difference
with regard to these baseline characteristics. Likewise, with size of the aneurysms, both were of equal sizes. There was no differences with regard to rupture having hypotension, proximal or distal extension of the aneurysms.
What is interesting, however, that the patients that underwent percutaneous repair tended to have regional anesthesia as their anesthesia of choice, rather than that of having a general. Also there was for some unexplained reason
a more significant conversion to open procedures in the percutaneous group as compared to the cutdown group. Looking at adjusted 30-day outcomes for ruptured endovascular aneurysm repairs, when looking at the 30-day mortality,
the operative time, wound complications, hospital length of stay, that was not statistically significant. However, over that four year period of time, there tended to be decreased hospital length of stay as well as decreased wound complications
over four years. So the summary of this study shows that there was an increased use of fully percutaneous access for endovascular repairs for ruptured aneurysms with noninferiority compared to traditional open femoral cutdown approaches.
There is a trending advantage over conventional surgical exposure with decreased access-related complications, as well as decreased hospital length of stay. Now, I'm going to go through some of the technical tips, and this is really going to be focused upon
the trainees in the room, and also perhaps those clinicians who do not do percutaneous access at this time. What's important, I find, is that the utility of duplex ultrasonography, and this is critical to delineate the common
femoral artery access anatomy. And what's important to find is the common femoral artery between the inguinal ligament and this bifurcation to the profunda femoral and superficial femoral arteries. So this is your target area. Once this target area is found,
especially in those patients presenting with ruptured aneurysm, local anesthesia is preferred over general anesthesia with permissive hypotension. This is a critical point that once you use ultrasound, that you'd want to orient your probe to be
90 degrees to the target area and measure the distance between the skin and the top of that artery. Now if you hold that needle at equidistance to that same distance between the skin and the artery and angle that needle at 45 degrees,
this will then allow you to have the proper trajectory to hit the target absolutely where you're imaging the vessel, and this becomes important so you're not off site. Once micropuncture technique is used, it's always a good idea just to use
a quick fluoroscopic imaging to show that your access is actually where you want it to be. If it's not, you can always re-stick the patient again. Once you have the access in place, what can then happen is do a quick angio to show in fact you have reached the target vessel.
This is the routine instructions for use by placing the percutaneous suture-mediated closure system at 45 degree angles from one another, 90 degrees from one another. Once the sheath is in place for ruptured aneurysm, the placement of a ballon occlusion
can be done utilizing a long, at least 12 French sheath so that they'll keep that balloon up in place. What's also good is to keep a neat operative field, and by doing so, you can keep all of these wires and sutures clean and out of the way and also color code the sutures so that you have
ease and ability to close them later. Finally, it's important to replace the dilator back in the sheath prior to having it removed. This is important just so that if there are problems with your percutaneous closure, you can always very quickly replace your sheath back in.
Again, we tend to color code the sutures so we can know which ones go with which. You can also place yet a third percutaneous access closure device if need be by keeping the guide wire in place. One other little trick that I actually learned
from Ben Starnes when visiting his facility is to utilize a Rumel mediated technique by placing a short piece of IV tubing cut length, running the suture through that, and using it like a Rumel, and that frees up your hand as you're closing up
the other side and final with closure. The contraindications to pREVAR. And I just want to conclude that there's increased use of fully percutaneous access for endovascular repair. There's trending advantages over conventional surgical exposure with decreased
access related complications, and improved outcomes can be attributed to increased user experience and comfort with percutaneous access, and this appears to be a viable first option. Thank you very much.
- I'd like to thank Dr. Veith and the committee for the privilege of presenting this. I have no disclosures. Vascular problems and the type of injuries could be varied. We all need to have an awareness of acute and chronic injuries,
whether they're traumatic, resulting with compression, occlusion, tumoral and malformation results, or vasospastic. I'd like to present a thoracoscopic manipulation of fractured ribs to prevent descending aortic injury
in a patient with chest trauma. You know, we don't think about this but they can have acute or delayed onset of symptoms and the patient can change and suddenly deteriorate with position changes or with mechanical ventilation,
and this is a rather interesting paper. Here you can see the posterior rib fracture sitting directly adjacent to the aorta like a knife. You can imagine the catastrophic consequences if that wasn't recognized and treated appropriately.
We heard this morning in the venous session that the veins change positions based on the arteries. Well, we need to remember that the arteries and the whole vascular bundle changes position based on the spine
and the bony pieces around them. This is especially too when you're dealing with scoliosis and scoliotic operations and the body positioning whether it's supine or prone the degree of hypo or hyperkyphosis
and the vertebral angles and the methods of instrumentation all need to be considered and remembered as the aorta will migrate based on the body habits of the patient. Screws can cause all kinds of trouble.
Screws are considered risky if they're within one to three millimeters of the aorta or adjacent tissues, and if you just do a random review up to 15% of screws that are placed fall into this category.
Vertebral loops and tortuosity is either a congenital or acquired anomaly and the V2 segment of the vertebral is particularly at risk, most commonly in women in their fifth and sixth decades,
and here you can see instrumentation of the upper cervical spine, anterior corpectomy and the posterior exposures are all associated with a significant and lethal, at times, vertebral artery injuries.
Left subclavian artery injury from excessively long thoracic pedicle screws placed for proximal thoracic scoliosis have been reported. Clavicular osteosynthesis with high neurovascular injury especially when the plunge depth isn't kept in mind
in the medial clavicle have been reported and an awareness and an ability to anticipate injury by looking at the safe zone and finding this on the femur
with your preoperative imaging is a way to help prevent those kinds of problems. Injuries can be from stretch or retraction. Leave it to the French. There's a paper from 2011 that describes midline anterior approach
from the right side to the lumbar spine, interbody fusion and total disc replacement as safer. The cava is more resistant to injury than the left iliac vein and there's less erectile dysfunction reported. We had a patient present recently
with the blue bumps across her abdomen many years after hip complicated course. She'd had what was thought to be an infected hip that was replaced, worsening lower extremity edema, asymmetry of her femoral vein on duplex
and her heterogeneous mask that you can see here on imaging. The iliac veins were occluded and compressed and you could see in the bottom right the varicosities that she was concerned about. Another case is a 71-year-old male who had a post-thrombotic syndrome.
It was worsened after his left hip replacement and his wife said he's just not been the same since. Initially imaging suggests that this was a mass and a tumor. He underwent biopsy
and it showed ghost cells. Here you can see the venogram where we tried to recanalize this and we were unsuccessful because this was actually a combination of bone cement and inflammatory reaction.
Second patient in this category, bless you, is a 67-year-old female who had left leg swelling again after a total hip replacement 20 plus years ago. No DVTs but here you can see the cement compressing the iliac vein.
She had about a 40% patency when you put her through positioning and elected not to have anything done with that. Here you could see on MR how truly compressed this is. IVA suggested it was a little less tight than that.
So a vascular injury occurs across all surgical specialties. All procedures carry risk of bleeding and inadvertent damage to vessels. The mechanisms include tearing, stretching, fracture of calcific plaques,
direct penetration and thermal injury. The types of injuries you hear are most common after hip injuries, they need to be recognized in the acute phase as looking for signs of bleeding or ischemia. Arterial lesions are commonly prone then.
Bone cement can cause thermal injury, erosion, compression and post-implant syndrome. So again, no surgery is immune. You need to be aware and especially when you look at patients in the delayed time period
to consider something called particle disease. This has actually been described in the orthopedic literature starting in the 70s and it's a complex interaction of inflammatory pathways directed at microparticles that come about
through prosthetic wear. So not only acute injury but acute and chronic symptoms. Thank you for the privilege of the floor.
- Thank you Tim, Manny, Dr. Veith. Again thank you for the kind invitation. Um, here are my disclosures. The Chimney Snorkel Sandwich technique is really one that's been used and discussed many times throughout this great meeting in years past.
I've been asked to kind of see how we expand the use for thoracoabdominal aneurysms. Um, basically it's a matter of putting a parallel graft and then having an inner graft that will help seal the aneurysm sac itself by maintaining
perfusion to the visceral vessels. Um, the number of parallel grafts has been shown to be of note, and generally if you get beyond two parallel grafts at any one location, that tends to dramatically increase the incidence of
gutter leaks and potential for continued perfusion of the aneurysm sac. Here again showing at two, they still keep a reasonable aortic diameter, but once you start going three and four parallel grafts you tend to have significant compression
of the main aortic graft itself, as well as the potential for gutter leaks. Um, the PERICLES Registry certainly looked as I know has been discussed earlier in this meeting, and basically what it showed was that this was a reasonable way of treating
some of these complex aneurysms with a durable outcome going out to two to three years, uh, at a survival rate of over 70 percent. So, to show how we use this for patients with thoracoabdominal aneurysms, this was a 67 year, I use the term is,
a 67-year-old gentleman presented urgently with a sudden onset of back and abdominal pain. Apparently he was, uh, had a new wife and was trying some sexually enhancing medications from the DR. Had a history of coronary artery disease,
erectile dysfunction, and congestive heart failure, and CT scan revealed a type four thoracoabdominal dissection with a eight centimeter juxtarenal aneurysm, and he was in acute pain. Uh, here is the CT scan as we go through,
and you can see obviously the very complex dissection. You had a small segment of perfusion still around the level of the celiac going down into the SMA, uh, and then this rather, again the renals were
also with a small luminal area, and then a large aneurysm going up to eight centimeters going down into the abdominal component, and then reasonable access vessels from below. This shows the dissection extending down
through the thoracoabdominal segment, and again, he was in acute pain. Uh, so we came in and did an angiogram and IVUS, uh, and here we show the area of the dissection going down as well as the take-off of the subclavian artery.
Again, the true lumen being here. This was confirmed with IVUS. The IVUS sash, and this is the true lumen here, the false lumen being around the periphery, and as you go through you can see there's almost complete collapse of that
true lumen throughout the cardiac cycle. Uh, we performed a left carotid subclavian bypass, and embolized the left subclavian artery and put a thoracic endograft in, covering that lead point as you go in and taking it really almost up to the level of the left carotid artery.
There you can see the occluded subclavian. Uh, with that in place we then prepared to do a four vessel sandwich, or double sandwich, technique. Here we came down, we brought the grafts down to about the level of the takeoff of the celiac access with thoracic endografts.
Lateral shows the takeoff of the celiac and the SMA. Uh, we were able to catheterize both those vessels from the axillary region and put stents going out in this two sandwich technique, uh, and then actually put our stents going out from both the celiac and SMA.
We then were able to do that once we had those stents in place with adequate overlap and no real gutter leak, we then came down and similarly put another graft down to the takeoff of the renal vessels and then selectively catheterized
the right and left renal. Here you can see the stenosis near the origin of the right renal artery. With that we then performed balloon angioplasty with covered stents, I believe these were VBX stents going out,
and then covered that further down as we went down into the area of the eight centimeter aneurysm. And here we come in building down from that area and the perivisceral segment down and then to the iliacs showing good perfusion down to the takeoff of the
hypogastric, and then finally angiogram showed we had good perfusion to celiac, SMA, both renal vessels, and then down through the aneurysm sac itself. This is, uh, he remains stable. His postoperative course actually was uneventful.
He was discharged from the hospital at day four. He's been seen back now at one year follow up at six and 12 month follow up and he's remained stable with no evidence of endo-leak. So I appreciate the opportunity to try and present a more novel way of managing
these patients in the acute setting. Thank you very much.
- Good morning, thank you very much to Dr. Veith and Professor Veith and the organizers. So this is real holography. It's not augmented reality. It's not getting you separated from the environment that you're in. This is actually taking the 3D out of the screen
so the beating heart can be held in the palm of your hand without you having to wear any goggles or anything else and this is live imaging. It can be done intra-procedure. This is the Holoscope-i and the other one is the Holoscope-x
where in fact you can take that actually 3D hologram that you have and you can implant it in the patient and if you co-register it correctly then you can actually do the intervention in the patient
make a needle tract to the holographic needle and I'm going to limit this to just now what we're actually doing at the moment and not necessarily what the future can be. This is ultimate 3D visualization, true volumes floating in the air.
This is a CT scan. So it started working, So we get rid of the auto-segmented and you can just interact. It's floating 45 centimeters away from you and you can just hold the patient's anatomy here and you can slice into the anatomy.
This is for instance a real CT of an aorta with the aortic valve which they wanted to analyze for a core valve procedure. This is done by Phelps. If you take the information
and they've looked at the final element analysis and interaction between the stem and the tissue. So here you can make measurements in real time. So if you did the 3D rotation and geography and you had the aorta and you wanted to put in a stent graft EVAR TVAR, and you would see,
and you could put in a typical tuber that you would do, and you could see how it, and this is a dynamic hologram, so you can see how it would open up, you can mark where your fenestration's chimney is and all that type of stuff would be. And you can move it around, and you have
a complete intuitive understanding of a, can we go to the next slide please, I can't, it seems to be clicking, thank you. So how do we do all this? Well, to create a hologram, what you need to do is just conceptualize it as printing in light.
Like if you had plastic and you took the XYZ data and you just put it into a 3D printer, and it would print it for you in light, then you'd go, Okay, so I understand, if it was printed for you in plastic then you'd understand. But imagine it's printing in light.
So we have every single piece of light focused, each photon is focused so that you can see it with a naked eye, in a particular place, but the difference is that it's totally sterile, you don't have to take off your gloves, you don't have to use a mouse,
you can interact with it directly. And all the XYZ data is 100% in place, so we've just seen a beautiful demonstration of augmented reality, and in augmented reality, you have to wear something, it isolates you from the environment that you're in, and it's based on
stereoscopy, and stereoscopy is how you see 3D movies, and how you see augmented reality, is by taking two images and fusing them in one focal plane. But you can't touch that image, because if you look at me now, you can see me very well, but if you hold your finger up 45 centimeters
and you focus on your finger, I become blurred. And so, you can only focus in one plane, you can't touch that image, because that image is distant from you, and it's a fused image, so you have the focus plane and you have the convergence plane, and this is an illusion
of 3D, and it's very entertaining, and it can be very useful in medical imaging, but in intra-operative procedures it has to be 100% accurate. So you saw a very beautiful example in the previous talk of augmented reality, where you have gesturing, where you can actually gesture with the image,
you can make it bigger, you can make it smaller. But what RealView does by creating real holography, which is all the XYZ data, is having it in the palm of your hand, with having above 20 focal planes, here, very very close to your eye, and that in another way, of having all those focal planes not only actually lets you
do the procedure but prevents nausea and having a feeling of discomfort because the image is actually there as of having the illusion of the images there. So just to go back, all RealView imaging is doing, is it's not changing your 3D RA cone, BMCT, MRI,
we can do all those XYZ datas and we can use them and we can present them, all we're doing, so you use your acquisition, we're just taking that, and we're breaking open the 3D displays and seeing all that 3D data limited in the 2D screen, let's set it free and have it floating in the air.
So we have the holoscope-i for structural cardiology and electrophysiology, and obviously the holoscope-x, which makes the patient x-rayed, completely visible. So its an over the head, this is now, obviously, free-standing when somebody buys us like Phillips or Siemens, it will be integrated into your lab,
come down from the ceiling, it's an independent system, and you just have a visor that you look through, which just goes up and down whenever you want to use it. You can interact with it the same as you do with your iPhone you can visualize, you can rotate, you can mark, you can slice, you can measure, as I showed you
some examples of it, and you can do this by voice as well, you just talk to it, you say slice and you slice it with your hand, it recognizes everybody's hand, there's no delay for whatever you're imaging. So structural cardiac procedures, this is what
a mitral valve will look like, floating in the air in front of you, you can see the anterior leaflet, the posterior leaflet. And once the catheter is inside and you're guiding the catheter inside the procedure, you can turn on your doppler, you'll be able to see that the catheter
movements, so for someone doing a mitral clip, or whatever, this would be very very useful. This is an electrophysiological procedure, and you can see how the catheter moves, when the catheter will move, and obviously, as my previous speaker was saying, you are appreciating 3D in a 2D screen,
so it's very difficult to appreciate, you'll have to take my word for it. But I think you can see dynamic colography at this quality, that you can interact with, that is something that is very special, we've presented at a number of conferences,
including at Veith, and we've already done a first in man, and the most exciting thing for now, is just this week, the first machine was installed at Toronto general, at the Peter Munk Cardiac Center, and they've done their first case, and so now we are launching and clinical trials in 2018, and hopefully,
I'll have something which is more vascular relevant, at the next time, Veith 2019, thank you very much.
- So first of all I want to tell everybody that you're going to have a hard time finding these tools that I'm going to show you. So before I start the talk I want to tell you how you can find these. Everybody's got phones out there that you can Google on. If you would Google "One minute access check"
it will take you to the website that is the ESRDNCC.org site, and that's where you can find the tools. The other place that these are all located is on the VASA website. If you go to the VASA website, which is
the Vascular Access Society of the Americas, which is VASAMD.org, and you go under "Vascular Access Team", all of these tools are linked. The tools that we're going to talk about were put together by the FistulaFirst and I was on the work group that created these tools,
and they're going to solve the problems that you just heard the rest of the group talk about. It talks about how to collaborate the care, how to assess the maturing and the healing access, and to level the playing field so we're all doing it the same way.
And that's basically what these tools were developed for. That's my conflict of interest. So the patient video that just showed you, the patient said patient education. This is a free, your tax-dollar money paid for this booklet. You can print these for free,
there's no copyright issues on it. This is a patient access planning booklet that explains to the patient all of their choices for renal replacement therapy, what is an access, and what's going to happen to them when they get this access.
This is a fantastic booklet and it also serves as the patient's care plan if you fill this out and use it. It can go between the dialysis facility, the surgeon, and the interventionalist. And I'm sorry it doesn't project well,
but this is just a snippet from the booklet that shows you, for the surgeons in the audience, what's going to happen at your office when the patient comes in. And it gives questions that the patient and the family should ask.
So as surgeons, if you look at this booklet, you use it with your team at your office, you'll be able to be prepared for patients coming in and you can use this tool. This is what I consider the plain ice in the sandbox tool.
This tool was created to define all of the various roles of the dialysis access care team, because we all do different parts of the process, but if we don't work together, it doesn't work. So this booklet explains what everybody's roles are, and again this is a great tool.
If you've got a nephrology practice that you're not happy with how things are coming to you with referrals, or you've an interventionalist that you're having issues with, sit down, have a team meeting, bring all the players together
and use this book to guide it. It really tells you what to do and how to do it. And this is an example of what's going to happen with the care team coming together how you go through the access planning, okay? And this is just some information of what
the surgical appointment should get. When you get the patients to show up and they come to you with no information, you don't really know much about the patient, this booklet helps to prepare the dialysis facilities so they know what to send
and they understand those records should come to you. Now, the main part of these booklets of what we're talking about today is this whole issue of what Ted's slide was about who should assess the access for maturing. Well, this answers that question.
There is a basic tool that will give you a weekly assessment of whether or not that graft or fistula is ready to go. And basically this is the care planning part of it where we make that access plan, we then find the best place to get the access,
we choose, we get the patient to the surgeon so you can place the access, patient goes for the surgery. Then we wait for it to mature, heal, we use the access, we then have to get the catheter out, and then we
have to take care of the lifeline for the rest of the patient's time on dialysis or their transition between different modalities. So, how do we do that? The tools are based, this weekly assessment tools are based on the classic one minute check.
This is actually from Dr. Bether's physical exam that's been taught to nephrologist and dialysis staff for many years. It's a simple look, listen, and feel. There's also an advanced test for the care side. This is for the patient,
and this is for the clinician side. It's the look listen and feel with the arm elevation test, and the augmentation test is also added on at the expert level. Again, all these tools are on the website for you to use. Please use them.
Once you understand the one-minute check, this is then the graft healing slides, and again it's a weekly assessment, and we called it graft healing because grafts don't mature, we just are waiting for the surgery line to heal so that
we can go ahead and cannulate it. If it's an early cannulation graft, this would be adopted for those early cannulation grafts, this is for standard graft material. So we go into week two, this tells the patient, the staff, the nephrologist, everybody on the team
what should we be looking for and what should be happening with that access and when it should be ready to cannulate. By week four, if it's not ready to cannulate, this triggers notifying the surgeon, re-engaging with the team, and figuring out
what's going on with the patient's access, okay? We cannot just let these patients sit there with accesses that are not being used for weeks and weeks and weeks. We have to have a plan. And this is what the tool does. The fistula maturation tool is the same thing.
Again it's weekly assessments, there's week one and two, week three, by week four we're looking for actual signs of change with the fistula. If it's not, we would start to already think of a plan of does this need some assisted maturation.
Week five, we're looking to see is it ready to cannulate. By week seven through ten, it certainly should be ready to go and we should be dealing with catheter freedom. There's also a catheter version, because patients with catheters still need to have their catheters
well maintained so they don't get infection. There's a patient version and a staff version. And again it's the same look listen and feel. We obviously don't listen to a catheter like we do a graft or fistula, but we listen to the patient to make sure they're not having symptoms
of infection or problems with the catheter. And we have to do that because we're all part of this interdisciplinary team. I'm a dialysis nurse, so I'm part of the dialysis team, but we have an interdisciplinary team in the dialysis unit, we have to work with the surgeons,
the interventionalists, whether you're an IN or an IR, we have to work with the patients, we have to bring the family in, it's all about this process of care, and hopefully you'll look at these tools and maybe these tools will help you
with your process of care. Thank you.
- Thank you very much for the nice introduction for the privilege to start the aortic session with this nice, very interesting topic about Chimney technique and especially about the in-vitro testing which we have done in Muenster in Germany. So, the Chimney endovascular technique we treat short necks as we see here.
With the use of off-the-shelf devices and the placement is in parallel and outside configuration of the main abdominal device. Well, if you see the literature we can see enthusiastic reports with the use of these alternative therapeutic options,
showing low incidence of endo leaks, excellent patency, and durability of these endovascular solutions. On the other side we have also centers with suboptimal experience, as we see here from Manchester, in the titled already publication,
late ruptures after single chimneys or from the group from Florida, highlight that the technique raises cause for concern. So what are the reasons for these divergent experience? Could be the heterogeneity of the used materials, but also the degree of oversizing
of the aortic stent graft? In order to evaluate that, we performed first of all a chimney case of a patient with a huge paraanastomotic aneurysm which we did with single chimney for the right renal artery, as we see here.
What we have done is the CT scan of these patients, we send to a special company and create this silicone model one by one with the anatomy of this treated case, as we see here, having a diameter of 28 millimeter, exact the anatomy of the renals,
of the neck length, infrarenally. And it was also really nice the opportunity to have a fluid simulation system, and we can have also the possibility to bring the device in the CT scan, and perform CT angiography, as we can see here,
very nicely the pictail catheter into the descending aorta, and evaluating now the impact of the different devices for this technique. Here is the example with the device you see here how we deploy the chimney graft, here is an Incraft stent graft for the right renal artery.
The first attempt was to evaluate the impact of different abdominal devices. If we use the same chimney graft in this particular case, the Icast for Advanta V12, and you see what we changed was only the type of the stent graft of the aorta.
If you see here the CT scan analysis, you see very nicely these combination of a mitral endoskeleton of the enduring device with a rigid, but very good, intraradial force Advanta V12, or Icast. You can see here how nicely performs
around the chimney graft. And if we see also in the reconstruction, we have a very nice expansion of the chimney graft, especially in the proximal edge, which is very important in order to have a good patency over the time.
You see here very nicely the expansion of the proximal edge of the balloon expandable covered stent Let's see now what happened with the Incraft. Again, you see here very nice the radial force of the Icast is here very nice to see. However, we have seen a completely different behavior
of the abdominal stent graft of this company. You see here that we have potentially more gutters compared to the other conformability of the endurant around the chimney graft. So it was a very nice sign and finding and showing the impact of the abdominal stent graft
for this technique. What we have done after that was we took the endurant device and we changed now the use of the chimney graft, so we used in the first attempt the self-expanding covered stents, the Viabahn,
versus a balloon expandable covered stent like the Begraft. And if you see here the results, you see again a very nice expansion of the endurant around the chimney graft, but in the reconstruction you see here the severe compression of the Viabahn self-expanding stent
has poor radial force despite that we lined we had per se 70 percent stenosis. I think it's a very important finding crucial compared to the balloon expandable chimney grafts you see here the Begraft, they had also a very good expansion
as balloon-expandable covered did, but also we see here completely different area of gutters if we compare the two balloon expandable covered stents in the anterior and posterior phase, you see here the Begraft plus seems to perform better. The impact of degree of oversizing we know
from the work of Riambaud 30 percent is the recommendation if you see this very nice analysis, you see here with 15 percent oversizing, we have this area of gutter versus 30 percent of oversizing you see a very nice conformability around the chimney that we chose how important is for this technique
to have enough fabric material to wrap up the chimney grafts. In conclusion, ladies and gentlemen, we have seen in this very nice in-vitro testing that indeed the area of the gutters vary depending on the different device combinations.
And also we have seen how important is the appropriate device selection, and 30 percent oversizing to obtain optimal results. Thank you very much.
- Thank you Mr. Chairman. Ladies and gentleman, first of all, I would like to thank Dr. Veith for the honor of the podium. Fenestrated and branched stent graft are becoming a widespread use in the treatment of thoracoabdominal
and pararenal aortic aneurysms. Nevertheless, the risk of reinterventions during the follow-up of these procedures is not negligible. The Mayo Clinic group has recently proposed this classification for endoleaks
after FEVAR and BEVAR, that takes into account all the potential sources of aneurysm sac reperfusion after stent graft implant. If we look at the published data, the reported reintervention rate ranges between three and 25% of cases.
So this is still an open issue. We started our experience with fenestrated and branched stent grafts in January 2016, with 29 patients treated so far, for thoracoabdominal and pararenal/juxtarenal aortic aneurysms. We report an elective mortality rate of 7.7%.
That is significantly higher in urgent settings. We had two cases of transient paraparesis and both of them recovered, and two cases of complete paraplegia after urgent procedures, and both of them died. This is the surveillance protocol we applied
to the 25 patients that survived the first operation. As you can see here, we used to do a CT scan prior to discharge, and then again at three and 12 months after the intervention, and yearly thereafter, and according to our experience
there is no room for ultrasound examination in the follow-up of these procedures. We report five reinterventions according for 20% of cases. All of them were due to endoleaks and were fixed with bridging stent relining,
or embolization in case of type II, with no complications, no mortality. I'm going to show you a couple of cases from our series. A 66 years old man, a very complex surgical history. In 2005 he underwent open repair of descending thoracic aneurysm.
In 2009, a surgical debranching of visceral vessels followed by TEVAR for a type III thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms. In 2016, the implant of a tube fenestrated stent-graft to fix a distal type I endoleak. And two years later the patient was readmitted
for a type II endoleak with aneurysm growth of more than one centimeter. This is the preoperative CT scan, and you see now the type II endoleak that comes from a left gastric artery that independently arises from the aneurysm sac.
This is the endoleak route that starts from a branch of the hepatic artery with retrograde flow into the left gastric artery, and then into the aneurysm sac. We approached this case from below through the fenestration for the SMA and the celiac trunk,
and here on the left side you see the superselective catheterization of the branch of the hepatic artery, and on the right side the microcatheter that has reached the nidus of the endoleak. We then embolized with onyx the endoleak
and the feeding vessel, and this is the nice final result in two different angiographic projections. Another case, a 76 years old man. In 2008, open repair for a AAA and right common iliac aneurysm.
Eight years later, the implant of a T-branch stent graft for a recurrent type IV thoracoabdominal aneurysm. And one year later, the patient was admitted again for a type IIIc endoleak, plus aneurysm of the left common iliac artery. This is the CT scan of this patient.
You will see here the endoleak at the level of the left renal branch here, and the aneurysm of the left common iliac just below the stent graft. We first treated the iliac aneurysm implanting an iliac branched device on the left side,
so preserving the left hypogastric artery. And in the same operation, from a bowl, we catheterized the left renal branch and fixed the endoleak that you see on the left side, with a total stent relining, with a nice final result on the right side.
And this is the CT scan follow-up one year after the reintervention. No endoleak at the level of the left renal branch, and nice exclusion of the left common iliac aneurysm. In conclusion, ladies and gentlemen, the risk of type I endoleak after FEVAR and BEVAR
is very low when the repair is planning with an adequate proximal sealing zone as we heard before from Professor Verhoeven. Much of reinterventions are due to type II and III endoleaks that can be treated by embolization or stent reinforcement. Last, but not least, the strict follow-up program
with CT scan is of paramount importance after these procedures. I thank you very much for your attention.
- So in terms of overcoming difficult access, when we're doing parallel grafting, and we're going to use more than one branch or parallel graft, typically we come in from the axillary artery. It gives good pushability, it decreases the length for what you need to get from you access point
down to the branch vessels. We find that no conduit is needed. We typically just access this in three offset manners. We'll put a purse string in at each site, so that there's limited bleeding. When you come in, you have to think about
what the aortic arch construct looks like. You can have a type one, a type two or type three arch, which can make things more difficult. As you can see here, this sheath takes quite a significant bend to get down to the renal visceral segment.
You also can have tortuosity within the thoracic aorta, which can compromise your ability to cannulate. So when we think about the arch, you want to think about coming in from the right or left, which ever one makes it better. Typically, if all things are equal,
we'll come in from the left side. When you get your sheaths down one at a time, we leave the stiff wire in to try to straighten out the anatomy. Sometimes you have to snare and get through and through access.
And then you want to think about where your sheaths position is. You want it to be high enough so that you can allow your catheters to form, but also low enough so that you can reach the vessel of interest.
There are a couple of things, I think from a pre-planning perspective that are very important to try to set up, to allow yourself the optimal chance of cannulating these vessels. Appropriate C-arm projections, you want to think about
whether or not your going to use a cephalad or caudad parallel graft. Think about the tortuosity as well as the composition of the branch. What type of stent are you going to use in that? How much purchase is needed?
How much purchase can you get? And, How difficult is it going to be to cannulate these vessels? And also whether or not there's orifice stenosis. So, here's an example of a patient we did. You can see that left renal artery
is actually quite anterior. If you look at the AP view here, you can see how it would be quite difficult to cannulate, 'cause the orifice basically runs into the aneurysm in the AP view, if you just move your II to a 30 degree RAO,
then it becomes very perpendicular and very easy to cannulate and see. This is a situation where you think about periscoping or caudad parallel graft. It's much easier coming from below, it's an upwards approaching renal artery.
Coming from above, you can see it can bow out towards that large aneurysm and also potentially reflux down into infra-renal segment. This is a patient with a very short branch of main renal artery, and you can see if you just put
a typical self expanding stent, there's a higher chance that this thing's just going to pull out into the aneurysm, and what we did here is, we put a balloon mounted stent, followed by a self expanding stent
to lengthen afterwards and it worked out really nicely. And this is just the patient that has significant orifice stenosis and these patients will be hard to cannulate. Sometimes you have to pre dilate before you introduce your stents into the vessels.
You also want to think about the aorta and what configuration of the aorta is. What's the tortuosity, the calcification. Are you in a situation where you're trying to cannulate within the aneurysm and how much thrombus is there as well.
So, you can see here in the first picture, the aorta's somewhat tortuous, and going after that left renal artery probably would be easier, but going after that right renal artery becomes potentially difficult
as the catheters and sheaths are going to be pushing you away, and may make that more challenging. You may want to think about things, and certainly catheters selection before approaching. And definitely, any time you have an aneurysm
and your in a big space without a lot of thrombus, that makes things a little more difficult, 'cause you're flopping around in a large open space trying to cannulate a vessel. When you're accessing the vessel sometimes from above, what will happen is the tendency is
for the catheters and the wires, to reflux down into that infrarenal space. This is a no not well known trick, where you put a coda balloon and you can have your wires and catheters bounce off of that coda balloon
to help you navigate into that branch vessel. Sometimes that doesn't work, and it still continues to reflux, and what we've done more recently is, we'll come in from below, put a four millimeter balloon
in the distal renal artery, and then we'll pin our soft wire, be able to do a catheter exchange, exchange for our stiff wire, and ultimately, there's the catheter, ultimately in the stiff wire.
And then ultimately bring in your stent graft, all with that balloon still in place to hold and pin that wire in position, and allow things to track over that wire, rather than reflux down. Just some general thoughts, again,
thinking about the appropriate catheters, what length catheter do you need, what kind of angulation do you need, stiff versus angle glide wires. We typically use Rosen and Amplatz wires for our stiff wires to track our stents in.
And then different platforms, depending upon what your anatomy ultimately looks like. So in conclusion, a lot of pre-planning is important, I think to optimize your accessing of these vessels. And there's a lot of techniques and technology, that currently exist to help assist with this.
- Good morning. I'd like to thank everybody who's in attendance for the 7 A.M. session. So let's talk about a case. 63 year old male, standard risk factors for aneurismal disease. November 2008, he had a 52 mm aneurism,
underwent Gore Excluder, endovascular pair. Follow up over the next five, relatively unremarkable. Sac regression 47 mm no leak. June 2017, he was lost for follow up, but came back to see us. Duplex imaging CTA was done to show the sac had increased
from 47 to 62 in a type 2 endoleak was present. In August of that year, he underwent right common iliac cuff placement for what appeared to be a type 1b endoleak. September, CT scan showed the sac was stable at 66 and no leak was present. In March, six months after that, scan once again
showed the sac was there but a little bit larger, and a type two endoleak was once again present. He underwent intervention. This side access on the left embolization of the internal iliac, and a left iliac limb extension. Shortly thereafter,
contacted his PCP at three weeks of weakness, fatigue, some lethargy. September, he had some gluteal inguinal pain, chills, weakness, and fatigue. And then October, came back to see us. Similar symptoms, white count of 12, and a CT scan
was done and here where you can appreciate is, clearly there's air within the sac and a large anterior cell with fluid collections, blood cultures are negative at that time. He shortly thereafter went a 2 stage procedure, Extra-anatomic bypass, explant of the EVAR,
there purulent fluid within the sac, not surprising. Gram positive rods, and the culture came out Cutibacterium Acnes. So what is it we know about this case? Well, EVAR clearly is preferred treatment for aneurism repair, indications for use h
however, mid-term reports still show a significant need for secondary interventions for leaks, migrations, and rupture. Giles looked at a Medicare beneficiaries and clearly noted, or at least evaluated the effect of re-interventions
and readmissions after EVAR and open and noted that survival was negatively impacted by readmissions and re-interventions, and I think this was one of those situations that we're dealing with today. EVAR infections and secondary interventions.
Fortunately infections relatively infrequent. Isolated case reports have been pooled into multi-institutional cohorts. We know about a third of these infections are related to aortoenteric fistula, Bacteremia and direct seeding are more often not the underlying source.
And what we can roughly appreciate is that at somewhere between 14 and 38% of these may be related to secondary catheter based interventions. There's some data out there, Matt Smeed's published 2016, 180 EVARs, multi-center study, the timing of the infection presumably or symptomatic onset
was 22 months and 14% or greater had secondary endointerventions with a relatively high mortality. Similarly, the study coming out of Italy, 26 cases, meantime of diagnosis of the infection is 20 months, and that 34.6% of these cases underwent secondary endovascular intervention.
Once again, a relatively high mortality at 38.4%. Study out of France, 11 institutions, 33 infective endographs, time of onset of symptoms 414 days, 30% of these individuals had undergone secondary interventions. In our own clinical experience of Pittsburgh,
we looked at our explants. There were 13 down for infection, and of those nine had multiple secondary interventions which was 69%, a little bit of an outlier compared to the other studies. Once again, a relatively high mortality at one year. There's now a plethora of information in the literature
stating that secondary interventions may be a source for Bacteremia in seeding of your endovascular graft. And I think beyond just a secondary interventions, we know there's a wide range of risk factors. Perioperative contamination, break down in your sterile technique,
working in the radiology suite as opposed to the operating room. Wound complications to the access site. Hematogenous seeding, whether it's from UTIs, catheter related, or secondary interventions are possible.
Graft erosion, and then impaired immunity as well. So what I can tell you today, I think there is an association without question from secondary interventions and aortic endograft infection. Certainly the case I presented appears to show causation but there's not enough evidence to fully correlate the two.
So in summary, endograft infections are rare fortunately. However, the incidence does appear to be subtly rising. Secondary interventions following EVAR appear to be a risk factor for graft infection. Graft infections are associated without question
a high morbidity and mortality. I think it's of the utmost importance to maintain sterile technique, administer prophylactic antibiotics for all secondary endovascular catheter based interventions. Thank you.
- We are talking about the current management of bleeding hemodialysis fistulas. I have no relevant disclosures. And as we can see there with bleeding fistulas, they can occur, you can imagine that the patient is getting access three times a week so ulcerations can't develop
and if they are not checked, the scab falls out and you get subsequent bleeding that can be fatal and lead to some significant morbidity. So fatal vascular access hemorrhage. What are the causes? So number one is thinking about
the excessive anticoagulation during dialysis, specifically Heparin during the dialysis circuit as well as with cumin and Xarelto. Intentional patient manipulati we always think of that when they move,
the needles can come out and then you get subsequent bleeding. But more specifically for us, we look at more the compromising integrity of the vascular access. Looking at stenosis, thrombosis, ulceration and infection. Ellingson and others in 2012 looked at the experience
in the US specifically in Maryland. Between the years of 2000/2006, they had a total of sixteen hundred roughly dialysis death, due to fatal vascular access hemorrhage, which only accounted for about .4% of all HD or hemodialysis death but the majority did come
from AV grafts less so from central venous catheters. But interestingly that around 78% really had this hemorrhage at home so it wasn't really done or they had experienced this at the dialysis centers. At the New Zealand experience and Australia, they had over a 14 year period which
they reviewed their fatal vascular access hemorrhage and what was interesting to see that around four weeks there was an inciting infection preceding the actual event. That was more than half the patients there. There was some other patients who had decoags and revisional surgery prior to the inciting event.
So can the access be salvaged. Well, the first thing obviously is direct pressure. Try to avoid tourniquet specifically for the patients at home. If they are in the emergency department, there is obviously something that can be done.
Just to decrease the morbidity that might be associated with potential limb loss. Suture repairs is kind of the main stay when you have a patient in the emergency department. And then depending on that, you decide to go to the operating room.
Perera and others 2013 and this is an emergency department review and emergency medicine, they use cyanoacrylate to control the bleeding for very small ulcerations. They had around 10 patients and they said that they had pretty good results.
But they did not look at the long term patency of these fistulas or recurrence. An interesting way to kind of manage an ulcerated bleeding fistula is the Limberg skin flap by Pirozzi and others in 2013 where they used an adjacent skin flap, a rhomboid skin flap
and they would get that approximal distal vascular control, rotate the flap over the ulcerated lesion after excising and repairing the venotomy and doing the closure. This was limited to only ulcerations that were less than 20mm.
When you look at the results, they have around 25 AV fistulas, around 15 AV grafts. The majority of the patients were treated with percutaneous angioplasty at least within a week of surgery. Within a month, their primary patency was running 96% for those fistulas and around 80% for AV grafts.
If you look at the six months patency, 76% were still opened and the fistula group and around 40% in the AV grafts. But interesting, you would think that rotating an adjacent skin flap may lead to necrosis but they had very little necrosis
of those flaps. Inui and others at the UC San Diego looked at their experience at dialysis access hemorrhage, they had a total 26 patients, interesting the majority of those patients were AV grafts patients that had either bovine graft
or PTFE and then aneurysmal fistulas being the rest. 18 were actually seen in the ED with active bleeding and were suture control. A minor amount of patients that did require tourniquet for a shock. This is kind of the algorithm when they look at
how they approach it, you know, obviously secure your proximal di they would do a Duplex ultrasound in the OR to assess hat type of procedure
they were going to do. You know, there were inciting events were always infection so they were very concerned by that. And they would obviously excise out the skin lesion and if they needed interposition graft replacement they would use a Rifampin soak PTFE
as well as Acuseal for immediate cannulation. Irrigation of the infected site were also done and using an impregnated antibiotic Vitagel was also done for the PTFE grafts. They were really successful in salvaging these fistulas and grafts at 85% success rate with 19 interposition
a patency was around 14 months for these patients. At UCS, my kind of approach to dealing with these ulcerated fistulas. Specifically if they bleed is to use
the bovine carotid artery graft. There's a paper that'll be coming out next month in JVS, but we looked at just in general our experience with aneurysmal and primary fistula creation with an AV with the carotid graft and we tried to approach these with early access so imagine with
a bleeding patient, you try to avoid using catheter if possible and placing the Artegraft gives us an opportunity to do that and with our data, there was no significant difference in the patency between early access and the standardized view of ten days on the Artegraft.
Prevention of the Fatal Vascular Access Hemorrhages. Important physical exam on a routine basis by the dialysis centers is imperative. If there is any scabbing or frank infection they should notify the surgeon immediately. Button Hole technique should be abandoned
even though it might be easier for the patient and decreased pain, it does increase infection because of that tract The rope ladder technique is more preferred way to avoid this. In the KDOQI guidelines of how else can we prevent this,
well, we know that aneurysmal fistulas can ulcerate so we look for any skin that might be compromised, we look for any risk of rupture of these aneurysms which rarely occur but it still needs to taken care of. Pseudoaneurysms we look at the diameter if it's twice the area of the graft.
If there is any difficulty in achieving hemostasis and then any obviously spontaneous bleeding from the sites. And the endovascular approach would be to put a stent graft across the pseudoaneurysms. Shah and others in 2012 had 100% immediate technical success They were able to have immediate access to the fistula
but they did have around 18.5% failure rate due to infection and thrombosis. So in conclusion, bleeding to hemodialysis access is rarely fatal but there are various ways to salvage this and we tried to keep the access viable for these patients.
Prevention is vital and educating our patients and dialysis centers is key. Thank you.
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